Covid-19: After Pfizer, Philippines approves AstraZeneca vaccine

Manila - Covid-19 vaccines from Russia’s Gamaleya, China’s Sinovac Biotech and India’s Bharat Biotech are awaiting approval.



By Reuters

Published: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 10:36 AM

The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the emergency use of AstraZeneca PLC’s Covid-19 vaccine, the second to be approved in the Southeast Asian nation.

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The known and potential benefits of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine outweighed the risks to date, FDA chief Rolando Enrique Domingo told a news conference.

The Philippines’ FDA has previously approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. Covid-19 vaccines from Russia’s Gamaleya, China’s Sinovac Biotech and India’s Bharat Biotech are awaiting approval.

AstraZeneca’s vaccine was easy to transport and store and did not require ultra-cold temperatures, Domingo said. “It also has very good protection against severe Covid-19,” he said.


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