FDA allows emergency use of donated UAE-made COVID-19 vaccines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the donated Hayat-Vax COVID-19 vaccines, which are essentially Sinopharm shots but were produced in the United Arab Emirates.

FDA chief Eric Domingo confirmed this to CNN Philippines in a text message.

"The FDA issued today an EUA for the vaccines donated by UAE," he said. "The vaccine is identical to the Sinopharm vaccine from China that is included in the WHO EUL (World Health Organization emergency use listing)."

The statement follows the arrival in Manila of 100,000 Hayat-Vax doses donated by the UAE. According to Domingo, the shots will be administered to those 18 years old and above.

He added China's state-owned Sinopharm is still the manufacturer of the vaccines and the doses were just rebranded in the Gulf state.

The UAE government said the "locally-made Hayat-Vax" was developed through "the joint venture of Abu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare and China's Sinopharm company and produced by the Ras Al Khaimah-based pharma firm Julphar."

Last June, the Philippines granted EUA for Sinopharm vaccines manufactured in China.

The newly arrived 100,000 shots will be distributed in areas experiencing a COVID-19 surge, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor said in a briefing held after the shipment's arrival.