Philippines approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use

January 14, 2021 - 1:08 PM
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Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

MANILA — The Philippines‘ Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine, its head said on Thursday.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has shown a 95% success rate, is the first vaccine the Philippines has approved.

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FDA head Rolando Enrique Domingo told a media briefing China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd on Wednesday submitted to regulators its emergency use authorization application. —Reporting by Karen Lema Editing by Ed Davies