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Children aged 12 years old and below may start receiving their COVID-19 jabs by the end of 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.
“I'm pretty sure Pfizer's going to be ready and Sinovac also told us that their data is being collated and would be submitted soon," FDA Director General Eric Domingo said.
The agency is hoping that Pfizer would apply for the emergency use authorization (EUA) of their vaccine for minors aged five to 11 years old.
"Nagtanong na sila. They already asked for the list of requirements and they told us that they are completing the requirements,” Domingo said. “Meron lang kasi yatang difference kaunti sa formulation ng vaccine for children. So, it's going to be like a new EUA, kasi medyo bagong innovation 'to sa product.”
Sinovac, meanwhile, is still completing their data on the vaccination of children below 18 years old, which will then be submitted to vaccine experts in the country.
Currently, Pfizer and Moderna are the only vaccine brands authorized for children aged 12 to 17 years old in the Philippines.
Minor vaccination kicked off in the country last October.