Some 400.000 Moderna vaccines are reportedly fast approaching their expiration date next month, after which time they will no longer be effective in fending off the deadly Covid19 virus.
According to a CNN Philippines report last week, this batch of vaccines is not part of the government stockpile but belong to the private sector which purchased them several months ago in line with a tri-partite agreement go-signaled by the IATF and the Massachusetts-based Moderna manufacturer.
It was learned that these vaccines are merely sitting in some freezer because the Philippine government will not allow those who purchased it, but had been earlier jabbed with the low-efficacy Sinovac (51%), to receive it legally.
Dr. Tony Leachon, former special adviser on pandemic response to the IATF, chided the government for dragging their feet on the issue, stressing they should be more proactive when deciding on the use of additional shots.
It was pointed out that as early as July 2021, or some five months ago, Indonesia (which was formerly the worst country Covid-wise in the Southeast Asian region) had authorized Moderna booster shots for their health workers who had previously gotten the China-made Sinovac vaccine.
Another infectious disease expert, Dr. Benjamin Co urged the IATF experts to get their act together to avoid unnecessary wastage of previous life-saving vaccines.