Sun. May 9th, 2021
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A possible probe by the Senate on the use of a still unauthorized vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) is not a priority, according to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd.

“Anyone can raise the issue when he or she has the floor — but who will answer? I did not invite any official connected to that issue because it’s not [on] the agenda,” he told a national daily.

While not shutting down the possibility of a probe on the matter, Sotto said the Senate can just vote on the matter.

“If the Senate majority decides, ‘yes, let’s do it,’ I can’t do anything about it, right? We will follow [the will of the majority]. But I seriously doubt it. We will be sidetracked,” he said.

He added the main concern of the Senate is on how to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

The PSG has come under fire over its unauthorized use of a Covid-19 vaccine from China’s Sinopharm that has yet to obtain local authorization.

Republic Act (RA) 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 prohibits the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of health products without proper authorization. 

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Congress against probing the PSG over the issue, saying it would not result in anything good. SOVEREIGNPH

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