FDA warns public against fake COVID-19 vaccines sold online

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2021   •   375

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against buying COVID-19 vaccine brands allegedly being sold on social media and other online selling platforms.

In an advisory, the FDA said that COVID-19 vaccine brands such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna are allegedly being offered online.

But the agency said the scheme is just a “scam” to attract those who prefer the said brands.

“The public is advised that this is a scam which uses online platforms and social media to attract buyers specially those who have preference on the brand of vaccines specifically our countrymen who work abroad (OFWs),” it said.

The FDA said that scammers involved in this scheme are offering the supposed vaccine brands in a promo deal like buy 2 take 1 deal.

“Once you place your order to the online selling platform, the seller will send a chat message and will give his private contact numbers usually Viber, WeChat, or WhatsApp,” the agency said.

“Payment will be requested to be settled thru Gcash or bank transfer prior to the arrangement of delivery. After the payment, another person/number will send a message asking for courier or delivery fee. When the delivery fee has been paid, another person will send a message asking for the payment of insurance fee. No vaccine product will be delivered even when all payments have been settled,” it added.

The FDA reminded that public that COVID-19 vaccines currently available can only be used under emergency authorization and are not for sale. These are also strictly administered and distributed by national healthcare regulators.

The agency reiterated its call to remain vigilant against counterfeit drugs.

Over 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government has arrived in the country, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment, containing a total of 1,078,740 shots, landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at past 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

These shots were procured by the Philippine government through the Asian Development Bank, it added.

The task force said this is the first of the three deliveries for the 2,394,990 Pfizer vaccine doses that were purchased by the government.

The succeeding shipments are expected to arrive on Thursday and Saturday.

To date, the Philippines has received more than 144 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccine brands since deliveries started in February.

PH FDA approves COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs for general adult population

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced it has approved the administration of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for the general adult population.

FDA director general Eric Domingo said the booster shots will be administered to all adults aged 18 years old and above, based on the assessment of benefit and risks

Domingo said the same brands and combinations like those recommended for health workers, senior citizens, and immunocompromised individuals will be applied to booster doses for the general adult population.

The FDA earlier said that vaccine brands Pfizer, AstraZeneca, SInovac, Moderna, and Sputnik V will be used as booster shots.

The guidelines on the distribution and use of booster shots will be released by the Department of Health.

“Sisimulan na rin natin, lumabas na yung EUA Amendment mula sa FDA. Nilagdaan na po ni director general Eric Domingo yung advisory na ito… Anytime this week,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The government has started giving booster shots to health workers, senior citizens, and select immunocompromised individuals in November.

Pagbabakuna sa mga edad 11 pababa posibleng simulan bago matapos ang 2021 – FDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Naniniwala ang Food and Drug Administration (FDA) na malaki ang tiyansang masimulan na rin ngayong taon ang pagbabakuna laban sa COVID-19 para sa mga batang may edad 11 at pababa.

Ayon kay FDA director general Eric Domingo, dalawang vaccine manufacturers na ang nag-aasikaso sa ngayon ng requirements para maaprubahan ang aplikasyon para sa emergency use authorization (EUA) ng kanilang mga bakuna para sa nakababatang populasyon.

“I would think before end of the year. I am pretty sure Pfizer is going to be ready. The Sinovac also told us that their data is being collated and it will be submitted soon,” ani Domingo.

“I believe before the end of the year, we are going to have vaccines for children below 12,” dagdag pa niya.

Sakaling makumpleto ng vaccine manufacturers ang requirements para ma-amyendahan ang dosing regimen ng kanilang mga bakuna ay maaaring mabigyan na ng bakuna ang mga batang may edad lima hanggang 11 bago pa pumasok ang 2022.

“By Pfizer, I hope that they will be sending in their application for an EUA very soon. Nagtanong na sila eh, they have already asked for the list of requirements and they told us that they will be completing the requirements,” ani Domingo.

“It is like a new EUA kasi may bagong innovation doon sa product,” dagdag pa niya.

“Ang Sinovac rin hinihintay pa ulit namin na mag-submit ng EUA nila for children below 18 years old. They just want to complete some more data to give to our vaccine experts and we hope to get that soon,” ang wika ni Domingo.

Ang pagbabakuna sa 5-11 age group ay sinimulan na sa mga bansang Amerika at Israel upang upang mabigyan ng proteksyon kontra COVID-19 ang mga bata dahil sa banta ng mababagsik na coronavirus variants gaya ng Delta.

Lumabas din sa mga pag- aaral ng mga eksperto na sampung beses na mas may tiyansang mahawa sa COVID-19 ang mga batang 12 taong gulang at pababa.

Sa ngayon, ang mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 pa lamang ang binabakunahan kontra COVID-19 sa Pilipinas. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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