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Jim Paredes disappointed in gov’t officials who okay use of non-FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines

“Beyond redemption” is all that Paredes could say. 

Renowned musician Jim Paredes has expressed disappointment in a number of political figures for okaying the use of non-FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines.

In a tweet, he shared a photo containing quotes by Senate President Tito Sotto III, Senator Bato Dela Rosa among others.

“Beyond redemption” is all that Paredes could say.

Shortly after Christmas, Sotto told reporters in a text message that “there is no law” that would prevent the public from taking non-FDA approved vaccines.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong about that. There is no law that says you cannot take any medicine or vaccine that FDA has not approved,” he said.

“Last I recall, there is even no law vs suicide. So what’s the fuss?” he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also shared a concurring sentiment, saying that Sinopharm vaccines can legally be used just not distributed or sold.

“Hindi pinagbabawal ng batas ang magpaturok ng hindi rehistrado. Ang bawal, yung distribution at pagbebenta,” he was quoted as saying.

The FDA Act prohibits  “the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of any health product that is adulterated, unregistered or misbranded.”

Philippine FDA Director General Rolando Domingo however said that the agency is conducting raids against the use of the unauthorized Sinopharm vaccines.

“We didn’t catch anyone. We had three raids in Makati and in Binondo but we failed to catch anyone,” he said.

Dela Rosa, who had previously suffered the effects of the coronavirus, doesn’t care that the vaccines are not approved because his life is important.

“Pagisipan ko. FDA-approved or hindi, buhay ko ito. Wala akong pakialam diyan sa FDA, kung approved nila o hindi ‘yan basta buhay ko nakasalalay, I have to decide for my own life.” he said.

He believes that the approval of the FDA of the vaccines is just for “formality.”

“Halimbawa, approved na sa China, hind pa approved dito sa FDA natin, so kung approved na sa China, may sariling FDA yung sa China. Ang pag-approve ng FDA natin dito is more on formality na lang yan.”

Much like Dela Rosa, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the COVID-19 doesn’t care much if the vaccines were “smuggled” since its use on the members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) is “justified.”

“Yes, it’s smuggled. Kasi hindi authorized eh na pumasok dito. Only the government can authorize that through the FDA,” Lorenzana said in an interview with ABS-CBN.

“Explain lang talaga ng PSG kung bakit nila ginawa ‘yun. Justified naman eh. Anyway ‘yung vaccine naman ay hindi fake, totoo naman”

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also said that he sees nothing wrong with the PSG using the unauthorized vaccines.

“It is voluntary on the part of these officers and this Cabinet official.  Hindi naman yan what you call that distribution or selling. Parang ano lang yan if you have a relative from abroad and he has access and he sent you one and you use it voluntarily,” he recently said.

The FDA is yet to approve the vaccines.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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