News – PH Advisory Group Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Use for PH Health Workers


Posted on 26 February 2021, 2:45 p.m. | Updated on 26 February 2021 at 3:07 pm

MANILA – The provisional National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) announced on Friday that it is recommending Chinese company Sinovac’s use of the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers despite previous reservations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

With the first batch of the vaccine scheduled to arrive in the country on Sunday, soldiers and health workers are on the priority list of people to be vaccinated

On Monday, the FDA gave Sinovac the long-awaited emergency approval but also said the vaccine may not be suitable for health workers directly exposed to COVID-19 patients due to its 50% effectiveness rate in a study in Brazil

This prompted the DOH to consult NITAG on their recommendation on the distribution of the vaccine, as the effectiveness among health workers and the current government prioritization framework are lower

“The DOH, the Food and Drug Administration and our panel of experts agreed that the evidence currently available is sufficient to support the safety of the vaccine,” said Health Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during a briefing Friday with members of NITAG and the DOH Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

“NITAG and TAG (Technical Advisory Group) have found it sufficient to recommend the use of the vaccine for healthcare workers as it needs to be reiterated that our goal in prioritizing vaccine workers in the healthcare sector is to reduce the morbidity and mortality among workers in their group while they maintain key health services, “she added

“[Sinovac] is safe for healthcare workers We need to protect them Since there is no ngayon available, kailangan nating gamitin para sa kanila (Since this is currently available, we need to use it for them),” Quizon said / p>

Dr John Wong, a member of the DOH TAG, pointed out that “the best vaccine is the best you can get”

Vaccine, Sinovac Biotech, Department of Health – Republic of the Philippines, Food and Drug Administration

News – PH Advisory Group Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Use for PH Health Workers
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