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The Department of Health has ordered the pullout of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia from the market, as Malacanang asks the public to keep calm over the issue. Dengvaxia maker Sanofi Pasteur has explained the issues surrounding the medication, while the Department of Justice is starting a probe into the public health mess.
Meanwhile, in the US, President Donald Trump's divisive travel ban gets a temporary OK from the US Supreme Court; and in Brussels, the United Kingdom and the European Union failed to agree on key Brexit issues.
These stories, and more, are in today's wRap.
FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday night, December 4, ordered the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to pull out its Dengvaxia vaccine from the market, "pending compliance with the directives of the FDA.”
Dengue vaccine more risky for people without prior infection – Sanofi
The pharmaceutical company will now propose to national regulatory agencies to update the vaccine's label. Dengvaxia will no longer be recommended for people who have not been infected by dengue before.
Trump travel ban to take effect pending court appeal
The US Supreme Court said Monday, December 4, that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from 6 mainly Muslim countries pending appeal, backing President Donald Trump in the year-long battle over the controversial measure.
Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal
Britain and the EU failed to strike a Brexit divorce deal after a dispute over the Irish border scuppered talks in Brussels on Monday, December 4, but both said they were confident of reaching an agreement later this week.
POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers
Outgoing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may now apply for an overseas employment certificate (OEC) as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) lifted the suspension of its processing.
PH, Indonesia, Japan bid to jointly host 2023 basketball World Cup
The Philippines, Indonesia and Japan will bank on their diversity and huge population to convince FIBA, the world governing of basketball, to give them the right to host the 2023 World Cup.
Robin Wright becomes star of 'House of Cards' final season
The sixth and final season of House of Cards – the hit Netflix series thrown into crisis by sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey – is to resume production early next year. The show's finale is now set to focus on the character of Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.
Top photo: A Balinese woman carries fish inside a bucket on Amed beach as Mount Agung volcano (back) belches ash in Karangasem Regency, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 5, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP