American vaccine maker Moderna has filed for an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 doses to be used in the Philippines.
Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo said the application was submitted on Monday.
An initial shipment of nearly 200,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine is scheduled to arrive in the country on June 15. The Philippines earlier signed a tripartite agreement with the American drug manufacturer to receive 20 million doses. Under the deal, 13 million will be allocated to the government, while seven million will go to the private sector.
The Philippines is also eyeing to procure the coronavirus booster shot made by Moderna.
The country’s FDA has granted the EUA applications of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sinovac, Bharat Biotech Covaxin, and Janssen.