Wed. Aug 4th, 2021

Moderna Inc. has filed its emergency use authorization (EUA) for its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine in the Philippines, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Monday.

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“This afternoon Moderna, through Zuellig, has submitted its application,” he announced virtually during the Sulong Pilipinas Forum.

Earlier, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it can quickly assess Moderna’s EUA application as Moderna already has an emergency approval from the United States and European Union.

Earlier, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said Moderna will start its vaccine rollout in the Philippines by mid-June with the delivery of an initial 200,000 doses.

“One thing for sure is the vaccine that we’ve ordered, Moderna confirmed that) they will start delivering starting June 15, that is the target date and then it will start increasing in the succeeding months,” he said in Filipino.

Aside from the two-dose vaccines, the envoy is also placing high hopes on Moderna’s booster shots, expected to be made available in America by the third quarter of 2021. SOVEREIGNPH

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