Any Moderna vaccine in the PH is likely to be ‘counterfeit’, FDA says

Published February 12, 2021, 5:27 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday, Feb. 12, warned against fake Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as there is “no available” supply yet in the country.

FDA Director General Eric Domingo

FDA Director General Eric Domingo said this in an online interview following rumors that a shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine supposedly arrived in the country on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Moderna, Domingo said, might apply for an emergency use authorization (EUA) “hopefully by next week.” 

Based on the recent meeting between FDA and pharmaceutical company, Domingo noted that there “no supply is available until June or July” – thus, any rumored doses available in the country is “likely to be counterfeit.”

On the reported Moderna shipment, Domingo said that the agency’s Regulatory Enforcement Unit is currently looking into the matter.

 
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