Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Wednesday said the government is seeking a faster process for the local approval of candidate coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines, from the current six months to 21 to 30 days.

“It is in our law that we cannot buy certain products that [don’t] have any FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval. Based on our report and recommendation to the President (Rodrigo Duterte), we can use the emergency utilization authority which will be given by the President, authorization by the President through an EO (executive order),” Galvez said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay’s virtual forum.

“I believe last Monday we have discussed this and I believe this is already in process considering that the only difference in the EUA (emergency use authorization), from six months of deliberation, the deliberation will be shortened more or less 21 days to 30 days,” he added.

Galvez said, however, that the process in the approval of the candidate vaccine will not be changed even if bureaucratic delays will be removed.

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd earlier said any Covid-19 vaccine considered for local use should still get FDA and regulatory approvals. SOVEREIGNPH

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