The Pfizer BioNTech company has applied for emergency use authorization (EUA) in the Philippines to use COVID-19 vaccines on children aged 5 to 11, National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., announced Monday night.
Galvez, the vaccine czar, said Pfizer has officially requested an amendment to its EUA by allowing the use of its vaccine for Filipinos under the 5 to 11 age bracket.
“We will be expecting more or less na (that) before the end of the year ay mayroon na po itong EUA (the EUA will be approved),” Galvez told President Rodrigo Duterte during his prerecorded Talk to the People.
PH Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo previously mentioned that the country’s vaccine experts are now evaluating Pfizer’s application.
Domingo said no other vaccine manufacturer had submitted a similar application.
Once approved, Galvez said the vaccination of kids under this age bracket will begin by the first quarter of next year.
The government aims to vaccinate at least 80 percent of the population under the 12-17 bracket by 2021.
In February, Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine, developed with BioNTech, was the first COVID-19 vaccine approved for the general public.
The United States FDA has then authorized the use of Pfizer jabs for kids 5 to 11 years old on October 29.
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