China’s Sinopharm pharmaceutical company has applied for an emergency use authorisation of its coronavirus vaccine in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque, said on Monday.
“It has been filed, they have already filed with the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) an application for (Emergency Use Authorisation) for Sinopharm vaccine,” Roque said, as cited by the CNN Philippines broadcaster.
The Philippines has already launched its mass immunisation campaign, using the COVID-19 vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac, the first batch of which arrived over the weekend.
The country also approved the vaccines by U.S. Company Pfizer and UK drug maker AstraZeneca
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Philippines has confirmed more than 576,000 cases, including over 534,000 recoveries and some 12,000 fatalities.