Chinese drug firm Sinopharm has submitted its application for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its Covid-19 vaccine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Eric Domingo told media outfits on Tuesday.

Despite the lack of EUA, 10,000 doses of the vaccines were earlier approved for “compassionate use” in the country by the FDA.

According to Palace spokesman Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to be injected with the Sinopharm vaccine.

The Sinopharm vaccine was used in an allegedly illegal vaccination of government officials and members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in October 2020.

Columnist Ramon Tulfo Jr., who participated in the October vaccination, said he had recommended Duterte the Sinopharm vaccine for its “lack of troublesome side effects.”

In a media briefing on Tuesday, Roque said Duterte would only get vaccinated once the FDA grants Sinopharm’s EUA application.

To date, only Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines have been approved for emergency use in the country. John Ezekiel J. Hirro