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Philippines Approves Pfizer Vaccine for Emergency Use


Philippines Approves Pfizer Vaccine for Emergency Use
By Cecilia Yap and Andreo Calonzo
January 13, 2021, 8:03 PM PST Corrected January 14, 2021, 6:04 PM PST

The Philippines has approved Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE’s Covid-19 vaccine, the first to be allowed for emergency use in the Southeast Asian nation.

The Food and Drug Administration found that Pfizer’s vaccine may be effective to prevent, diagnose or treat Covid-19, and can be used for individuals age 16 years old and up, its head Eric Domingo said in a virtual briefing. The vaccine maker will provide cold storage and transport the shots to inoculation sites, he added.

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Pfizer vaccines may be among the first to arrive in the Philippines next month through the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said at a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday. The government is also in talks with Pfizer for up to 40 million doses, Galvez said.

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