The Food and Drug Administration will investigate the inoculation against COVID-19 of government officials, presidential guards and soldiers with a vaccine from China that has not been approved for use in the Philippines.
The Bureau of Customs will also investigate how the vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm got past inspectors.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Army chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana confirmed the vaccinations after the President disclosed them during a Malacañang meeting with health experts.
Brigadier General Jesus Durante, commander of the Presidential Security Group, also confirmed that troops from the presidential guard had been vaccinated to avoid becoming a health threat to the President.
The Sinopharm vaccine, called the New Crown COVID-19, which, at 149 dollars for the two-dose regimen, is the most expensive of the candidate vaccines for the new coronavirus disease.