Palace will not order PSG to give FDA info on unregistered vaccine use, spox says

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — Malacanang said it will not order the Presidential Security Group to supply information to the investigation being done in connection with the latter’s use of unregistered coronavirus shots.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told a a briefing that it is not the job of the Palace to be involved in such matters.

“That’s not the role of the Palace. We have investigative agencies for that,” he said.

This comes after Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo said the agency has yet to receive a response from the PSG on its queries.

In December, the FDA started to look into the entry of “smuggled,” unregistered Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to the country after it was revealed that members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s security were administered these vaccine shots late 2020.

It was only in February 2021 that the state regulator granted a compassionate special permit to the PSG to use 10,000 doses of the vaccine.

On Monday, Duterte was also vaccinated with Sinopharm vaccine, which the Palace said was among the doses granted with the special permit.

After being criticized from doing it, the President apologized and asked the Chinese Ambassador to withdraw their donated vaccines.

As of May 5, Sinopharm has yet to submit requirements for an emergency use authorization in the Philippines, FDA said.