Duque says deal sealed for 25M doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Jan 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has secured some 25 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese firm Sinovac, with the initial batch expected by February, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced Sunday. According to Duque, the succeeding batches are...

FDA approves clinical trial for Clover COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) — The  Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration approved Friday the clinical trial for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine developed by Chinese firm Clover Biopharmaceuticals AUS Pty Ltd. Before securing the go signal from...

Philippine vaccine deals with Moderna, Pfizer likely in two weeks’ time, says envoy

MANILA, Jan 7 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines will know in two weeks’ time how many vaccines against COVID-19 it could get from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez said Thursday. Romualdez said Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.,...

Chinese COVID-19 vaccine makers to seek Philippine use greenlight this week — envoy

MANILA, Jan 4 (Mabuhay)–Two Chinese makers of vaccines against the novel coronavirus will seek emergency use authorization (EUA) in the Philippines “sometime this week”, Manila’s envoy to Beijing said on Monday. An EUA will authorize a vaccine’s use...

FDA decision on PFIZER’S Covid-19 vaccine application out before end of January–Domingo

MANILA, Jan 1 (Mabuhay) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will decide on Pfizer’s emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine before the end of January 2021, FDA Director General Eric Domingo said Thursday. Domingo said while the evaluation of new vaccines...

Unauthorized use of COVID-19 vaccine illegal, FDA says after Duterte’s PSG inoculated

MANILA, Dec 29 (Mabuhay)– The Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it has yet to approve any COVID-19 vaccine candidate for local use, despite admission of government officials that some members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s security group were already...

Roque: EUA filed for pfizer biontech COVID-19 vaccine.

MANILA, Dec 27 (Mabuhay) — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said that Pfizer-BioNTech had applied for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for its vaccine, which may allow it to be the first to be made available in the country. “On Pfizer, Food and Drug...

DOST: Despite 50% effectivity, PH still can’t use Sinovac sans full data

MANILA, Dec 25 (Mabuhay) — The COVID-19 vaccine of China’s Sinovac Biotech may be deemed “acceptable” to minimum global standards, but the Philippines still needs to review the full data on its effectivity before it can be used, an official of the...

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines possibly Philippines’ first

MANILA, Dec 24 (Mabuhay) — COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna could be the first ones to be made available in the country if negotiations prosper, an official of the Department of Science and Techology said Thursday. In a public briefing, DOST–Philippine...

Failure to secure Pfizer vaccines by January ‘tragic, almost criminal,’ says Poe

MANILA, Dec 19 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government’s alleged failure to successfully secure 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 by January 2021 is lamentable, Senator Grace Poe said Friday. “I think it’s really tragic and, to an extent,...