FDA Warns Private Companies Not Allowed to Sell Approved COVID-19 Vaccine
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned public that private companies are not allowed to sell COVID-19 vaccine approved by the experts.
FDA Director General Eric Domingo has warned the public that private companies cannot sell vaccines approved for emergency use. He said that there is no vaccine in the world with marketing authorization.
“Bawal po ‘yan at ‘wag kayong bibili dahil wala pa pong produkto (COVID-19 vaccine) sa buong mundo na may marketing authorization – ibig sabihin na fully developed na na maaring ibenta sa publiko,” Domingo said on Laging Handa briefing.
This is after the Healthcare Professionals Alliance against COVID-19 said that private companies are allegedly buying and selling the vaccine. Domingo added that the vaccine can only be accessed by legal distributors and health experts.
“The DOH and FDA will be coming up with a statement to be very clear na ang bakuna ay maaari lang ma-access (that vaccines can only be accessed) through the government vaccination program,” said FDA chief.
The government has allowed private companies to participate in the vaccination but will follow the guidelines of the Department of Health. The President promised that the vaccine will be free and they will not be paid for, Domingo said.
The FDA is also working with the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Customs, and the National Bureau of Investigation to ensure that counterfeit vaccines do not enter the country.
“Pag dumating ang genuine o authentic vaccines, ito rin ang time na maaring may sumabay na fake na vaccines.”
Domingo added that only real vaccines will be used in the government’s vaccination program and those that can be bought from others are fake. “We have to be very very careful. Binabantayan naman po,” he said.
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