DOH: Some COVID booster shots not expired but have ‘extended shelf life’

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 09/05/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Some COVID-19 vaccines used for booster shots are not expired but have an “extended shelf life,” Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified on Monday. In a press briefing,  Vergeire was asked…

Turning the nicotine tide

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 07/26/2022

During Rodrigo Duterte’s last month in office, we had a bit of good news with our Supreme Court ruling in the case of Ona vs. the Philippine Tobacco Institute, Inc. that tobacco products are health products and…

FDA probes popular Filipino noodle brand for ‘high level of ethylene oxide’

Daniza Fernandez - Reporter / @DFernandezINQ 07/07/2022

  MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a Filipino noodle brand that is said to contain a “high level of ethylene oxide.” The governments of Ireland, France, and Malta have issued safety…

FDA chief: No proof of waning Sinovac efficacy

Ben O. de Vera, Patricia Denise M. Chiu 09/10/2021

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo said on Thursday, September 9, 2021, there was still no evidence that the efficacy of CoronaVac—the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Chinese company Sinovac—is waning in people who…

FDA OKs emergency use of Moderna vaccine on adolescents aged 12 to 17

Daphne Galvez 09/03/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on adolescents who are 12 to 17 years old. FDA Director-General Eric Domingo on Friday, September 2,…

DOH drafting guidelines on mixed-use vaccination — FDA

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 05/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is already drafting guidelines to allow a person to receive different brands of coronavirus vaccine for first and second dose, an official of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

EXPLAINER: The whos and hows in the process of Covid vaccine approval

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher/Writer / @CeBacligINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — As our country tries to join other nations in combatting Covid-19 through inoculation programs, news about separate acquisition projects and agreements of the national and local government with vaccine manufacturers might confuse some Filipinos.…

Pfizer’s EUA stays as FDA awaits report on Norway deaths — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine will remain for now despite reports that some elderly people with underlying health conditions in Norway have died after getting inoculated with vaccine from the…

Gov’t should not be pressured by China’s donation of COVID-19 vaccine, says Pangilinan

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 01/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — China’s donation of 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines should not pressure the Philippine government to approve its use, Senator Francis Pangilinan said Sunday. Pangilinan made the remark after China State Councilor and Foreign Minister…

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…

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…

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…

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