MANILA – Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Friday backtracked on her earlier denials and admitted to meeting with officials of French drug maker Sanofi Pasteur in Paris in 2015 to discuss the dengue vaccine.
“Tama po ‘yun, nagkamali po talaga ako kasi I was being asked on a dinner that happened 2 years ago,” Garin told ABS-CBN News’ Henry Omaga Diaz in an exclusive interview.
Garin had previously confirmed setting foot in Paris in May 2015 but denied she ever dined with Sanofi officials to discuss the Dengvaxia vaccine. She only met with the French Health Minister, she told ABS-CBN News in an interview in May 2017.
The former health chief’s admission was in response to a recent ABS-CBN News report on her dinner with Sanofi officials, which raised questions on the propriety of the meeting and her ethics as a public official.