The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed its intentions to donate 500,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday.
Galvez made the statement in a Palace briefing, however, he did not go into anymore details.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that the Chinese vaccine manufacturer Sinopharm has filed an application for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine.
The said vaccine became controversial in the country after some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) reportedly been inoculated by the smuggled vaccine as early as last year despite the absence of an FDA approval.
Just last week, former Special envoy to China Ramon ‘Mon’ Tulfo nonchalantly revealed that he has been vaccinated with Sinopharm in October 2020 along with other officials whom he did not name.
The PSG was previously given a compassionate special permit of the FDA to use 10,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines even without a EUA.