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January 11, 2021

FDA asked to approve use of vaccines: Sen. Cynthia Villar asks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue the Emergency Use Authority so that local government units (LGU) and the private sector will be able to start purchasing COVID-19 vaccines. During the Committee of the Whole hybrid hearing on the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Villar shared that LGUs and private companies are already signing agreements with vaccine providers like Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, and that they are only waiting for the FDA approval before they could start getting their supply of vaccines. “We should approve the use of vaccines and let LGUs and the private sector buy so that we will not be all dependent on the national government. It is really hard for government to pay for all of that. And then the economy can go on and the adverse effects on our economy and on employment will be less; because if we wait for the third quarter, we will not be able to recover for 2021,” Villar said, Monday, January 11, 2021. (Screen grab/ Senate PRIB)