Amid the investigation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) into the supposed sale of either Covid-19 vaccine shots or vaccine slot for financial gain, Malacañang appealed to the local government units (LGUs) to pass an ordinance that will punish individuals involved in the illegal sale of the Covid-19 vaccines and slots in local vaccination areas.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the appeal to local governments is to pass an ordinance that will impose penalty on those selling slots so we have legal basis to punish them. Roque told the public that Covid-19 vaccines cannot be sold because these are not cleared for commercial use, hence, the sale of it is illegal and violates the law of the country.
The Presidential Spokesman reiterates that no vaccine has been covered by commercial use authorization. That only means that all vaccines cannot be sold because they are still covered by the experimental use authorization(EUA).
There are at least seven brands of Covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the Philippines, including the United States’ Pfizer and China’s Sinovac.
Reports reaching the PNP states that some individuals are offering vaccines and vaccination slots for as much as PHP15,000, depending on the brand of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, the Social Weather Stations (SWS), in its April 28 to May 2 survey, found that 63 percent of Filipino adults prefer Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by the United States. SWS’s survey results also showed that the U-S brand are followed by China (19 percent), Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom (13 percent), Canada and Russia (12 percent each).
When it comes to specific vaccine brand, Filipinos’ top pick is Sinovac (39 percent), followed by Pfizer (32 percent), AstraZeneca (22 percent), and Johnson & Johnson (10 percent), the survey results showed.