Moderna applies for emergency COVID-19 vaccine use in the Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines — U.S. drugmaker Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) on Monday filed an application for emergency use authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines, Food and Drug Administration chief Rolando Enrique Domingo told reporters.

The Philippines expects the delivery of 194,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine in May, and another one million shots in July.

The FDA has so far approved the emergency use of six vaccines in the country — Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Sinovac, Gamaleya, Johnson and Johnson, and Bharat Biotech.

Over 1.7 million doses have so far been administered since the COVID-19 vaccination drive began on March 1.

On Monday, total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines breached the 1 million mark, of which, 74,623 are active.

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