Where are we in COVID-19 vaccination?

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

Where are we in COVID-19 vaccination?


Less than a year after COVID-19 spread across the globe, vaccines for emergency use against the disease have been rolled out in some countries. The urgency to inoculate drove the development of these vaccines at an unusual speed.

But where is the Philippines in the global race for COVID-19 vaccination?

Unauthorized inoculations have been reported and divulged. COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination have elicited numerous opinions from experts and the public, from pricing to supply, from delivery to deployment, from storage to local use. Social platforms continue to be peppered with strongly worded, heated discussions on issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and their use.

Ultimately, there is one government agency we should all be looking to for answers. And that is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency tasked to authorize and regulate vaccine use in the Philippines.

At this time of pandemic, the FDA is also in the unenviable position of having to allay fears and apprehensions, and deal with the pressure of speeding up its approval processes, while still upholding scientific standards for safety and effectiveness.

Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo, FDA Director General and Department of Health Undersecretary, will be on the hot seat to talk about the official status of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

Listen to him in the 37th Stop COVID Deaths webinar, “Are We Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccines?” as he walks us through vaccine approval and the varying scenarios for use in different sectors.

The online event happens on January 22 at noon via Zoom. Register at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar37 to get updates from the FDA chief himself on the different COVID-19 vaccines that have been applied for emergency use in the Philippines.

Reactors to Domingo’s presentation will be: Dr. Franco Felizarta, a UP alumnus and an infectious disease and internal medicine specialist in California, USA who has received the COVID-19 vaccine; Ayala Healthcare President and CEO Paolo Maximo Borromeo; and, veteran journalist Roby Alampay, also a co-anchor on One News’ The Chiefs and founder and CEO of PumaPodcast.