FDA OKs COVID-19 vaccine mix-and-match clinical trial

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FDA OKs COVID-19 vaccine mix-and-match clinical trial
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora (C) looks on as a teenage boy receives a BioNtech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during the inoculation of the population aged 12-17 at a stadium in San Juan City, suburban Manila on November 3, 2021.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration has given its go signal for the conduct of the COVID-19 mix-and-match clinical trial in the country, an official said Friday.

Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Rowena Guevara said the FDA on Tuesday approved the mix-and-match trial, which will involve 3,000 participants.

The government started screening applicants the next day at a trial site in Marikina City.

The study will look into pairing the Sinovac vaccine with other brands and administering booster shot to those fully immunized with the Chinese-made jab.

Guevara said the rollout of booster shots for health care workers will help in the collection of data.

The government began the administration of boosters on Wednesday. Medical frontliners are allowed to choose the brand of their booster dose.

Since March, 32.58 million Filipinos have completed vaccination against COVID-19, while 40.17 million have received partial protection. 

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LATEST UPDATE: January 14, 2022 - 10:14am

A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." Bookmark our COVID-19 and Vaccination Dashboard for the latest figures on the pandemic in the Philippines. — Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file

January 14, 2022 - 10:14am

The percentage of the population with full vaccination has reached almost 50% at 53 million, says National Task Force adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa.

In an interview with dzBB, Herbosa suggests that five million more have yet to receive their second vaccine dose.

"Around 58 million have received at least the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 4.7 million have been jabbed with a booster," he says in Filipino.

View the COVID-19 and Vaccination Dashboard for the latest figures on the pandemic in the Philippines.

November 12, 2021 - 11:01am

Starting December 1, the vaccination of employees required to work on-site will be mandatory in the public and private sector in areas with sufficient COVID-19 jabs supply.

"However, eligible employees who remain to be unvaccinated may not be terminated but they shall be required to undergo regular RT-PCR testing, or antigen tests, at their own expense," Malacañang says.

November 3, 2021 - 10:11am

The Philippine government is targeting to administer at least 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of November, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. says.

The government aims to achieve 1 million to 1.5 million jabs per day starting November 20.

To achieve this, Galvez says about 4,000 to 5,000 vaccination sites would be activated, including malls, universities, schools, gyms, camps and function halls of different government agencies.

October 27, 2021 - 10:56am

The Philippine government will start the full rollout of COVID-19 vaccination among minors aged 12 to 17 on November 5.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the guidelines are being drafted.

October 25, 2021 - 9:02am

The Health Technology Assessment Council of the Department of Health recommends the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for healthcare workers by fourth quarter of this year.

The council also recommends rolling out booster shots among eligible priority groups by next year.

HTAC says the recommendations are offered "in consideration of sufficient vaccine supply and acceptable coverage for primary vaccination."

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