Pfizer applies for authorization of its COVID vaccine in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — American drugmaker Pfizer has submitted its application for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines, Malacañang said Saturday.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Rolando Domingo, during a meeting in Malacañang with President Duterte and several Cabinet members, confirmed that Pfizer has filed for EUA last Dec. 23
“It will take FDA 21 days to evaluate and approve the EUA, but vaccination would start as soon as stocks become available,” Roque said in a statement.
Securing an EUA from the Philippines’ regulator will allow a new vaccine to be administered in the country.
The FDA earlier said applicants first need to present the EUA from the regulatory agency in their country of origin before applying in the Philippines. The FDA will use the available data in its evaluation.
Pfizer has already secured an EUA for the US FDA.
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