The Philippine government reminded the public that COVID-19 vaccines were not to be sold.
The Philippine government had reminded the public that COVID-19 vaccines were not to be sold and were to be distributed free of charge, amidst reports that the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination priority slots were being sold.
The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 said in a statement on Saturday that selling COVID-19 vaccines or vaccination priority slots were not allowed and punishable by law, especially as the COVID-19 vaccines were procured through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) — which means the vaccines were not intended for commercial use.
“All the vaccines procured by the national government and are currently being administered have only been given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). They are not for commercial distribution. Likewise, the priority slots are strictly intended for the A1, A2, and A3 priority groups only,” the task force said.
Reports of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination priority slots being sold clandestinely surfaced this week, with authorities vowing to probe such issues.
Currently, vaccination was only allowed for those under the A1, A2, A3, and A4 categories.
The price of each COVID-19 vaccine shot offered for sale would depend on the vaccine brand. If the reports of COVID-19 vaccines being sold were true, the prices being asked for the shots were beyond the published prices.
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