The head of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is illegal to administer unregulated vaccines on Filipinos.
FDA Director General Eric Domingo told an online press briefing that the
“manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, nonconsumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of any health product” not registered with the FDA was illegal.
He also ordered a probe on the inoculation against Covid19 of government officials and soldiers with a Chinese-made vaccine not approved for use in the Philippines.
Malacañang on Monday defended the move of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to have some of its personnel inoculated by the vaccine for the Covid-19 provided by China’s Sinopharm despite the firm not having any local regulatory approval yet.
In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that getting inoculated with a vaccine without approval from the FDA is not a violation of Republic Act 9711 or the FDA Act of 2009.
“The law does not prohibit individuals from getting inoculated with vaccines that are not registered. What’s prohibited is the distribution and sale. So, this was only given to soldiers who agreed,” he said in Filipino. SOVEREIGNPH