The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday cautioned the public against supposed vaccine products claiming to be effective in preventing or treating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
said there remains no approved vaccine for the said respiratory illness.
“Pag meron po kayong nakita na nagbebenta ng bakuna, sigurado pong fake po iyon, hindi po iyon bakuna para sa COVID-19. [If you see someone selling a supposed vaccine, it is definitely fake, it is not a vaccine for COVID-19],” said Domingo in a press briefing.
“Kung meron po kayong makita sa Facebook, sa social media, o kahit na anong text–ipaalam niyo po agad sa FDA. [If you find anything on Facebook, on social media, or even text (messages)—report it immediately to the FDA],” he added.
The pronouncement of Domingo was also echoed by Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
“Wala pa talagang bakuna. So, kung may nag-aalok sa inyo, huwag nyong tatanggapin at baka meron masamang epekto iyan sa inyong kalusugan [There is really no vaccine yet. So if someone offers you something, do not accept it as it may have an adverse effect on your health],” said Vergeire.
Domingo reiterated that vaccines would normally take months or years to be developed.
“Marami pong candidate vaccines sa kasalukuyan at minamadali po ng buong mundo ang pag develop ng mga bakuna na ito pero kailangan sigurado tayo na ligtas ito at saka epektibo po ito sa pag prevent ng COVID-19 [Currently, there are many candidate vaccines and the whole world is in a hurry to develop these vaccines, but we need to make sure that they are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19],” he said.
“Huwag po kayong bibili at magtuturok ng kahit ano, kailangan pong sumangguni sa doktor at doon lamang po sa mga registered retailers tayo bibili [ng gamot] [Do not buy and inject anything (on your body), you need to consult a doctor. Also, only purchase your medicines at registered retailers],” he added.