Duterte authorizes emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañan Palace on August 15, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the order giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to allow emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines.

Executive Order No. 121 allows FDA Director General Eric Domingo to issue Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to drug and vaccine makers to fast-track the process of approval of COVID-19 vaccines.

Three circumstances all shall be present before issuing the EUA:

  • It is reasonable to believe that the drug or vaccine may be effective to prevent, diagnose or treat COVID-19;
  • The known and potential benefits of the drug or vaccine when used to diagnose, prevent or treat COVID-19 outweigh the known and potential risks of the drug or vaccine if any; and
  • There is no adequate, approved and available alternative to the drug or vaccine for diagnosing, preventing or treating COVID-19.

The country’s COVID-19 task force is set to inoculate at least 70 million Filipinos with developed vaccines from different manufacturers to at least 70 million Filipinos. The vaccination program will be carried out for three to five years with 25-30 million Filipinos vaccinated each year.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.