#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 4, 2017

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Last week, new analysis of clinical data showed that Sanofi Pasteur's dengue vaccine poses more risks for people who have not been infected by the virus before immunization. (READ: Dengue vaccine more risky for people without prior infection – Sanofi)

Sanofi's vaccine has been part of the health department's immunization program since 2016. (TIMELINE: Dengue immunization program for public school students)

Over the weekend, the health department announced that more than 700,000 Filipino youth got the risky dengue vaccine. The Philippine government spent P3.5 billion on the mass immunization program, funded by sin tax revenues.

Senate eyes probe into DOH anti-dengue vaccine in January. Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon blames the Aquino administration for administering the vaccine despite warning and lack of clinical studies

But while the deal was inked during the Aquino administration, the new administration could have decided not to proceed.

Former health chief Paulyn Ubial, a Duterte appointee initially recommended the deferment of the program, saying the vaccine is not proven safe. But she later issued a Certificate of Exemption for Dengvaxia allowing the use of the vaccine despite her earlier flagging of certain issues.

So who is to blame? We leave that to you.

Stay tuned as we bring you the top news for the day!

DOJ to probe dengue vaccine controversy

'Everybody who has some involvement will be included and appropriate charges will be filed against them if warranted,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Tensions rise ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drill

Pyongyang calls a US-South Korea air exercise an 'all-out provocation' that could lead to nuclear conflict

U.S. pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

US Ambassador Nikki Haley says the country's decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses 'Rohingya' word

Myanmar's Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatEd: Impeachment ni Sereno, paghahati-hati ng Korte Suprema

Habang mahalagang manatiling matino ang mga pinuno ng Korte Suprema, kailangang manatiling alerto ang lahat, at di nababaling ang atensyon sa mga palabas na likha ng mga pulitikong may sariling interes o agenda

Rappler Talk: Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head

Rappler talks to Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

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