On Jan. 11, Malacañang announced that the Philippines has secured a shipment of 25 million doses of Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine. The first 50,000 doses are expected to arrive in the country by next month.
While this may seem like good news, the vaccine has not yet secured emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sen Panfilo Lacson revealed during a Senate hearing on Jan. 11.
“Why did you conclude a contract for 25 million doses [of the Sinovac vaccine] when there’s no EUA yet (from the FDA)? Lacson asked.
During the hearing, FDA director general Eric Domingo stated on record that the Chinese-based pharmaceutical company has yet to apply for an EUA and “might (do so) next week or very soon.”