Lorenzana: COVID-19 Vaccines Administered To PSG Members Were Smuggled

COVID-19 vaccines administered to PSG members were smuggled, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said the COVID-19 vaccines administered to some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were smuggled.

The said vaccines, according to Lorenzana, were smuggled because no authorization was given by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Lorenzana vaccines PSG members
Photo source: The Manila Times

Lorenzana told reporters at the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony at Rizal Park in Manila on Rizal Day that the Presidential Security Group needed to make an explanation on the vaccination of some members even it was for protecting President Rodrigo Duterte.

Yes, smuggled kasi hindi authorized. Only the government can authorize diyan. Kailangan ipaliwanag ng PSG ’cause they violated FDA rules… Explain ng PSG bakit ginawa ‘yun,” Lorenzana said.

However, Lorenzana said that it wasn’t a breach of security as the intention of the Presidential Security Group was good.

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Lorenzana also said that he only knew about the vaccination after President Rodrigo Duterte’s close-in security were already vaccinated, adding that he wasn’t privy where the COVID-19 vaccine was sourced.

PSG commander Brigadier General Jesus Durante III on Tuesday admitted that his unit got the COVID-19 vaccines for free, but he didn’t mention the source.

Meanwhile, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo on Wednesday said that procured or donated drugs or vaccines should still be registered.

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