Philippine FDA Authorizes Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 12 to 17

Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 to 17 years old.

According to FDA chief Eric Domingo, the FDA’s regulatory experts and the country’s vaccine expert panel have given the go-ahead to use Moderna coronavirus shots for the inoculation of adolescents.

Domingo emphasized that the experts said that the benefits of the vaccine “outweigh the risks.”

“With the Delta variant affecting a lot of children, the experts saw that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks,” he said during a virtual briefing.

Domingo also said that experts had to approve Moderna’s application to cover Filipino adolescents in the vaccination drive due to the highly contagious Delta variant.

On August 19, Moderna submitted documents and clinical data to the FDA to allow people under the age of 18 to use its COVID-19 vaccine.


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