Health authorities still awaiting PSG’s reply on inquiries over vaccination issue

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27)— Health authorities have yet to receive a reply from the Presidential Security Group regarding inquiries about the vaccination of its personnel, according to a top official.

“The Secretary of Health sent a letter to the PSG asking for the list of whoever was vaccinated, if they were vaccinated, and what the vaccine was, so that they can be monitored and checked for adverse events,” Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo told CNN Philippines’ The Source on Wednesday.

“But I don’t think there’s been any reply,” he disclosed.

The FDA earlier launched a probe on the entry of the “smuggled,” unregistered coronavirus vaccines in the country, following the revelation that members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s security detail got inoculated sans regulatory approval.

Malacañang earlier defended the move, saying the security personnel only wanted to ensure the chief executive’s protection from the virus, and that they would be ready to face possible penalties.

Domingo noted authorities could not yet trace where the unregistered shots came from, adding there is “very little information” on the matter as of the moment.

However, he said the agency would be coordinating with the proper authorities to help check all possible ports of entry to ensure that no unauthorized product would come in.

“Just to make sure that the only vaccines that are coming in are those that are authorized, that we are assured of the quality, and assured that they are not even counterfeit or substandard,” Domingo said.