Philippine drug regulatory authority has approved the emergency use of the Chinese-made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine.
But, not for all health workers in the Philippines. That said, the decision is made because of the relatively low effectiveness of the vaccine made by Sinovac. The approval was given on Monday.
The coronavirus vaccine made by the Chinese company Sinovac is expected to arrive in the country this week.
Coronavac has been approved for emergency use as a third coronavirus vaccine in the Philippines, according to AFP.
However, no vaccine consignment has reached the country so far. The government of President Rodrigo Duterte is under fire.
China has officially announced that 600,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine will be delivered to the Philippines in 3 to 5 days. Although there is some global ambiguity about the effectiveness of Chinese-made vaccines and whether they are safe at all.
“The decision has been made to approve the coronavirus vaccine made in China,” said Eric Domingo, head of the Philippine Drug and Food Regulatory Authority.
He added that the coronavirus vaccine had been shown to be “healthy” and could be given to people between the ages of 18 and 59.
However, health workers and the elderly will not be vaccinated as front-line fighters.
Harry Rock, a spokesman for the president’s office, said the first dose of the vaccine could be given to key individuals and military personnel who have contributed to the economy.
The Chinese-made Coronavac vaccine was tested experimentally in Turkey. It was found to be 91.25 percent effective.
However, experimental applications in Brazil have shown that the effectiveness of Coronavac is close to 50 percent. Such results have caused controversy in China over the effectiveness of the vaccine.