The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Hayat-Vax Covid-19 vaccine.

The Hayat-Vax vaccine is “identical” to the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, FDA chief Eric Domingo told reporters.

It is manufactured in the United Arab Emirates.

“Sinopharm din ang manufacturer. Ang packaging lang [ang] sa UAE,” Domingo said.

The Philippines received its initial doses of the Hayat-Vax vaccine on Wednesday.

The UAE government donated 100,000 shots of the vaccine to the Philippines, which arrived on Wednesday.

Domingo said the vaccines will be for Filipinos aged 18 and above. John Ezekiel J. Hirro