The Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19, the alliance of more than 160 health professions organizations in the country, is alarmed that some Filipinos are receiving vaccines against COVID-19 that have not been registered with the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In relation to this issue, there are three critical points of concern:
1. In keeping with public safety, we strongly discourage the use of vaccines that are not yet approved by the Philippine FDA.
2. Even if a vaccine is approved in other countries, its storage, transport, and distribution are complex procedures. Improper handling can damage vaccines and can render them useless. This is why distribution channels and processes need to be transparent and regulated.
PSMID would like to express its strong statement against the use of CHLOROQUINE or HYDROXCHLOROQUINE should not be used for prophylaxis.
There is no high quality evidence that these will prevent COVID19. These drugs should be used cautiously because of the possible side effects.
LET’S NOT TAKE AWAY STOCKS OF CHLOROQUINE FROM THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT!
Outbreak of Pneumonia caused by a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Health Advisory and Position Statement from the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of the Philippines, Philippine College of Physicians, and Philippine Medical Association.