MANILA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the emergency use authorization for Moderna's vaccine against COVID-19, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said on Wednesday.
"The known and potential benefits of Moderna, when used to prevent COVID-19, outweigh the known and potential risks of the said vaccine," Domingo added.
The American drugmaker Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is the seventh vaccine given green light by the FDA.
An emergency authorization allows the use of a vaccine still being developed during public health emergencies.
The Philippines has reported a total of 1,067,892 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, including 17,622 deaths.