Philippines receives Sinopharm vaccines
MANILA – With the country’s Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the United Arab Emirates’ Hayat-Vax vaccine, a version of the Sinopharm shot, the Philippines received 100,000 donated doses of the COVID-19 vaccines early this afternoon.
The plane loaded with the donated vaccines landed shortly before 2:00 P.M. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Retired General Wilben Mayor represented Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr.
It will be recalled President Rodrigo Duterte was administered a Sinopharm vaccine last May when the FDA has not released any permit for Sinopharm.
Last June, the Philippine government conferred the emergency use authorization for Sinopharm vaccines made in China. Sinopharm is China’s state-owned drug-maker which now has a joint venture to produce vaccines in the United Arab Emirates.
More than 813,000 Pfizer vaccine doses were bought by the national government and scheduled to arrive any time now.
The Philippine government now expects some 22.7 million more vaccines this month. (Melo M. Acuna)