Residents and fellows at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) have expressed disapproval on using the vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from China’s Sinovac Biotech on the hospital’s health workers, particularly those exposed to the virus.
In a statement, the PGH Physicians’ Association said that “it came as a surprise” to the hospital’s community that the vaccine that would be administered to its staff will be from Sinovac that was not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for healthcare workers exposed to Covid-19.
It said the FDA noted that Sinovac’s vaccine had only a 50.4-percent efficacy rate for health workers dealing with Covid-19 based on tests in Brazil.
”As the national university hospital, PGH should set an example on how vaccination rollout should be executed in the country,” the group added in their tatement. “PGH should uphold the ideals of ethical and evidence-based medicine, [of] which it has been a bastion.”
The group said that the PGH community has a right to demand a “safe and efficacious Covid-19 vaccine for all.”
“We recognize the efforts of the PGH administration in hastening the vaccination process for its constituents. However, the vaccination plan should have been handled with more prudence and transparency,” the group added.The Philippines will receive today (Sunday) the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac and another batch is set to arrive tomorrow (Monday) from AstraZeneca. SOVEREIGNPH