Sotto says Lacson, Romualdez were vaccinated for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez have both received COVID-19 vaccine injections, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III claims.

In a text message to CNN Philippines on Saturday, Sotto said the two lawmakers were given a dose of a vaccine that can be likened to that of Pfizer’s.

“Not from Pfizer. Like lang. I don’t know the brand,” Sotto said.

The drug maker Pfizer earlier announced the positive results of its Covid-19 vaccine, which it maintained was more than 90 percent effective.

Lacson and Romualdez have neither confirmed nor denied Sotto’s claims and have yet to issue a statement regarding the matter.

As of the moment, the country’s Food and Drug Administration has not approved any vaccine for COVID-19, although the regulatory board said that vaccines may be available in the country before the end of the second quarter of 2021.

This would happen if President Rodrigo Duterte issues an executive order allowing the FDA to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to vaccine manufacturers that would expedite the approval processing.