Philippines to evaluate China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Sinopharm is the sixth vaccine maker to apply for emergency use authorisation in the country

  
A signage of Sinopharm is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), following the COVID-19 outbreak, in Beijing, China September 5, 2020.

A signage of Sinopharm is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), following the COVID-19 outbreak, in Beijing, China September 5, 2020.

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MANILA - China's Sinopharm has applied for emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines, the chief of Manila's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday.

Sinopharm is the sixth vaccine maker to apply for emergency use authorisation in the Southeast Asian country. The Philippines, which has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, has approved the vaccines of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac for emergency use.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Editing by Ed Davies) ((neiljerome.morales@thomsonreuters.com; +632 8841 8914;))

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