The Philippines may get Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses through COVAX facility, according to DOH.
The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said that the Philippines may get Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX facility.
According to the the Department of Health, the Philippines can expect to receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility after it secured an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a televised briefing, DOH spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire said was asked if the Philippines could receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX facility after it was granted an emergency use listing by the World Health Organization.
“Yes, that’s one of the conditions actually, that there’s this EUL from WHO. Maganda pong balita iyan dahil talaga pong madadagdagan po yung puwedeng i-provide ng COVAX facility para sa mga participating country,” Vergeire said.
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The WHO EUL procedure helped countries unable to assess a vaccine’s effectiveness themselves have access as quickly as possible and allowed the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme and other partners to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries.
Other COVID-19 vaccines that have so far been granted an emergency use listing by the World Health Organization were those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Serum Institute of India, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
The emergency use listing procedure, according to the World Health Organization, streamlined the process by which new products or unlicensed products can be assessed for use during public health emergencies.
Based on a report on Inquirer, the Philippines was expecting to get 2.3 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses from the WHO-led COVAX facility “not later than June”.
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