No forcing of Sinovac vaccine for Cebu City residents

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/13/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City residents will not be forced to be inoculated with the China-made Sinovac vaccine. This was the assurance of Mayor Edgardo Labella who said that although vaccines will be allotted for the…

Rama volunteers to be inoculated with Covid vaccine

Delta Derycka C. Letigio 01/12/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama has volunteered to be inoculated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine should it arrive in the city. Rama said in a statement that he understands the…

FDA: Pfizer vaccine emergency use authorization to be out in 1-2 days

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 01/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is already finalizing the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and it is expected to be issued in one to two days. FDA Director General…

City mayors to meet with national execs on purchase of vaccines by LGUs

Carla Gomez - @inquirerdotnet 01/10/2021

BACOLOD CITY – The national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has called for a virtual general assembly of city mayors on Tuesday, January 12, to meet with national officials to discuss the…

DOH: Docs administering vaccines, drugs sans FDA approval may lose license

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 01/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Doctors who administer drugs or vaccines without prior approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will risk losing their medical license, the Department of Health (DOH) has warned. “We will investigate the illegal…

FDA concerned with PSG chief’s revelation on virus vaccine inoculations

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 12/31/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday expressed concern over the revelation made by the commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) that personnel of the unit injected the COVID-19 vaccine themselves. “As…

TIMELINE: The scuttled COVID-19 vaccine deal with Pfizer

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher/Writer / @CeBacligINQ 12/17/2020

MANILA, Philippines — As nations scrambled to secure doses of coronavirus vaccine from drug manufacturers, the Philippines’ Health chief had been accused of “dropping the ball” in acquiring the vaccine deal with a United States-based pharmaceutical. Serious…

DOH: Next step for AstraZeneca is application for emergency use

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 12/14/2020

MANILA, Philippines — After its withdrawal of application for the conduct of COVID-19 shots clinical trials in the country, the next step for British vaccine developer AstraZeneca for its vaccines to be able to be used in…

US FDA approves first COVID-19 test kit for home use

11/20/2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had approved the first COVID-19 self-testing kit for home use that provides results within 30 minutes. The single-use test, made by Lucira Health, has been given emergency…

FDA seeks Duterte OK for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 11/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Health authorities are seeking the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to coronavirus vaccines that will be made available in the country.…

Consumers threaten FDA with graft charges over e-cigs and heated tobacco rules

Inquirer.net 10/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) continues to face backlash from stakeholders who are now threatening to file graft charges before the Ombudsman following the regulatory agency’s admission of receiving funds from foreign vested…

DOH, DOST, FDA hit over ‘confusing’ set up for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in PH

Katrina Hallare 10/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Francis Tolentino has called on the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get their act together and cooperate for the smooth conduct…

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