DILG chief confirms local vaccinations

It is not unlawful to be inoculated with an unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine, Malacañang said on Monday after the interior secretary and the Army chief confirmed that Cabinet members and security forces have received a jab of the new coronavirus vaccine that had yet to be authorized for use in the Philippines.

What is illegal is distributing the shot commercially without regulatory approval, the Palace said.

Word had been going around that government officials, lawmakers and soldiers had been vaccinated for COVID-19, but the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration were denying it, insisting that the government had not approved any vaccine for the new coronavirus disease.

But President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed during a meeting with health experts on Saturday that many Filipinos, including troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, had been given the vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm.

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