Duterte gets Sinopharm jab against COVID-19

Maris Federez   •   May 4, 2021   •   241

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night got inoculated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) using China-made Sinopharm vaccine.

A Facebook live posted by Senator Bong Go showed the President receiving the shot administered by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The President said he chose Sinopharm as recommended by his private doctor.

“I feel good. I have been expecting a shot, this vaccination a long time ago… It took my doctor, a private doctor, a long time to make the assessment and she has chosen Sinopharm. So Sinopharm itong itinuturok sa akin,” Duterte said before receiving the COVID-19 jab.

Sinopharm filed its application for an emergency use authorization (EUA) before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March.

The FDA has yet to grant the vaccine manufacturer an EUA pending review of the application.

The agency, however, has given Sinopharm vaccine approval for compassionate use earlier this year. —/mbmf

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Mga doktor, importer at distributor ng ‘di rehistradong bakuna o gamot maaaring maharap sa parusa — FDA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Walang anumang pananagutan sa batas ang isang indibidwal na naka-inom o nabigyan ng hindi rehistradong gamot at bakuna, ayon sa Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Sinabi ni FDA director-general Eric Domingo na tanging ang mga doktor na nagbakuna o nagreseta ng gamot ang maaaring maharap sa reklamo alinsunod sa batas.

“Sa atin po kasing batas, wala pong pananagutan ang mga nakabili ng mga counterfeit na gamot, mga substandard na gamit or nakainom nito, nainiksyunan nito. Sa FDA po, ang meron pong kinakasuhan natin iyong nagbebenta ng unregistered, illegal, falsified, or mga poor quality drugs,” ani Domingo.

Ginawa ng FDA ang pahayag kasunod ng umano’y pagpapaturok ng tig-dalawang dose ng magkaibang brand ng bakuna si San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora.

Una nang sinabi ni Zamora na nagpabakuna ito ng dalawang dose ng Sinopharm at dalawang dose ng Pfizer noong Disyembre.

Bagamat maituturing itong iligal dahil wala pang emergency use authorization mula sa FDA noon ang Sinopharm, ang medical professional na nagbigay o nagturok ng bakuna ang may malaking responsibilidad dito batay sa isinasaad ng batas.

“Ang doctor ay bawal magreseta, mag-ineksyon o magbigay ng gamot na hindi po rehistrado sa FDA. Pagkatapos iyong importer at distributor ay mayroon din pong kaso iyon dahil bawal din po magpasok at magbenta ng gamot na hindi rehistrado,” ani Domingo.

Ayon naman kay San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, handa si Cong Zamora na makipagtulungan sa imbestigasyon.

“I’m sure my father will be more than willing to cooperate,” ani Zamora.

“Ako po sa totoo lang nagulat din sa ikinwento niya because as far as I know ang bakunang nakuha niya lamang ay yung dalawang dose ng Pfizer mula sa San Juan. Kaya noong sinabi niya na nakapag-Sinopharm na siya previously, sa totoo lang, nag-aalala ako because as a son, I don’t know if that will affect my father’s health,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, muli namang nagpaalala ang Department of Health sa publiko na dalawang dose ng mga aprubadong bakuna at single-dose ng Johnson & Johnson vaccine lamang ang ginagamit sa Pilipinas.

Dapat ring sumunod ang publiko sa vaccination protocol na ipinatutupad ng pamahalaan upang masegurong magiging patas ito at ligtas para sa lahat. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

FDA: Vaccines ‘still very useful’ despite drop in efficacy rate vs COVID-19 variants

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– Available vaccines against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are “still very useful’ in helping stem the spread of severe respiratory illness despite a decrease in their efficacy against coronavirus variants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte during the taped weekly briefing on Monday night, FDA director general Eric Domingo reiterated that COVID-19 vaccines remain effective despite a slight decrease in their efficacy, particularly against the Alpha and Delta variants.

Citing studies on the efficacy of the vaccines, the FDA chief said the data indicate that the US-made Pfizer vaccine has a high efficacy rate of about 95 percent against the original COVID-causing virus.

Against the Alpha variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, Pfizer’s vaccine efficacy rate decreased to somewhere less than 10 to 20 percent, Domingo said.

For the Beta variant, which was first reported in South Africa, Pfizer’s vaccine efficacy rate dropped by 20 to 30 percent.

Against the Delta variant, which first emerged in India, Pfizer’s vaccine efficacy rate declined to about 10 to 20 percent.

“Ibig sabihin po maganda pa rin naman po ang kanyang coverage,” Domingo said.

US-made Moderna vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1 percent against the original virus but is 10 to 20 percent less effective against Alpha and Delta variants, and 20 to 30 percent against Beta.

British-Swede-made AstraZeneca vaccine has an efficacy rate of 74 percent is less than 10 to 20 percent effective against Alpha and Delta variants, and 20 to 30 percent against Beta.

Russia-made Sputnik V has an efficacy rate of about 91 percent but is less than 10 percent effective against Alpha variant, and 20-30 percent against Beta variant. Its efficacy rate against Delta variant is still being studied.

Single dose US-made Janssen vaccine has an efficacy rate of 70.3 percent against the original virus but is less than 10-20 percent effective against Alpha, up to 30% less effective against Beta, and less than 10 percent against Delta variant.

China-made Sinovac has an efficacy rate of 83.5 percent against the original strain, based on recently concluded trial in Turkey. Against Alpha variant, it was found to be less than 10 percent effective, and 10-30 percent against Beta. No available data yet on its efficacy rate against the Delta variant.

Another China-made vaccine, Sinopharm has a 76.29 percent efficacy rate against the original coronavirus strain, but less than 10 percent effective against the Alpha variant and up to 20 percent less effective against Beta. Its efficacy against the Delta variant is still being studied.

“Ang mga variant po, nababawasan nang kaunti ‘yung efficacy ng vaccine pero hindi naman po siya nawawala ‘no, nagiging very useful pa rin naman po,” Domingo said.

The FDA chief then urged the public to get vaccinated as available jabs offer a certain degree of protection against COVID-19.

Duterte gets second Sinopharm jab

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Sinopharm on Monday night.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administered the vaccine at Malacañang.

“I confirm that President Rodrigo Duterte had his second dose of Sinopharm tonight before his meeting with select members of the IATF. Secretary Duque administered the jab to the President,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Images of the President getting the vaccine were posted by Senator Bong Go.

After two weeks, the Chief Executive will be considered fully vaccinated.

On May 3, 2021, Duterte received his first dose of Sinopharm jab, one of the 1,000 only doses given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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