Philippines Plans to Expedite Covid-19 Vaccine Approvals
The Philippines plans to cut the approval time for coronavirus vaccines already approved by other nations, fast tracking their emergency use among high-risk individuals in the Southeast Asian hotspot.
President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an order for the nation’s Food and Drug Administration to cut the approval process to three weeks from six months, his spokesman Harry Roque said Thursday. Duterte has also agreed to pay vaccine makers in advance after initially opposing it, Roque said, adding that the private sector has pledged to buy at least 1 million doses.
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