Absent the pertinent data, the China-made Sinovac vaccine (tradename: CoronaVac) will not be cleared for use of senior citizens.
Unless the manufacturer proves that it is safe for the elderly, Dr. Eric Domingo of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned that Sinovac jabs are to be administered only to persons aged 18 to 59.
“It will be up to Sinovac officials to provide data that will show that they have tried it (CoronaVac) in people who are above 60 years old and that it is safe for them to use it,” he said.
Domingo said that the emergency use authorization (EUA) earlier issued by the FDA to Sinovac’s vaccine is only for persons aged 18 to 59.
The FDA is advising against senior citizens’ use of the Sinovac jab as there is yet no concrete study on the safety of its use in said age range, considering its efficacy rate is much lower compared to the other Covid vaccines in the market.
Domingo said Sinovac should forward the needed documents before the FDA can consider recalling its previous negative advisory.
Photo: Philippine Star