FDA: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready for distribution in PH by Q1 2021

  • FDA director-general Eric Domingo projected that the Philippines may start distribution of COVID-19 vaccine as early as March of 2021
  • He said it all depends on the issuance of the emergency use authorization (EUA), production and supply
  • Domingo said if everything goes well the country will have procured COVID-19 vaccine as early as January next year

The chief of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that COVID-19 vaccine may be available for distribution in the Philippines by quarter one of 2021.

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FDA director-general Eric Domingo made the projection following the UK’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use.

According to Domingo, they received information that the US FDA is also on its way to issuing the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer and Moderna within two weeks. He explained that pharmaceutical companies apply for an EUA in the Philippines after they secure an EUA from their respective governments.

Because of this, there is a chance that COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the Philippines as early as March.

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“Kapag nag-apply po sila dito sa atin maaring by first few weeks of January mayroon na rin po tayong maibigay na emergency use authorization. Baka mapaaga nang kaunti, baka magkaroon ng chance na mga March ay magkaroon na ng bakuna sa Pilipinas,” he said.

When further asked if it’s possible for the Philippines to procure vaccines as early as January, Domingo said yes depending on the production.

“Totoo po ‘yan. Talagang magiging depende na lang sa production, kung mayroong mailalaan na supply para sa Pilipinas at maide-deliver agad dito sa atin para ma-distribute natin,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier signed Executive Order 121, allowing the FDA to issue an EUA for COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.