MANILA - Due to a global shortage of anti-rabies vaccine for humans, the Department of Health has allowed its regional offices and local government units to buy doses from smaller local suppliers as long as they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the FDA has the list of approved vaccines to ensure the safety and efficacy of the product.
"Magmo-mobilize naman tayo among the regions. Pero kailangan tinitingnan nila kung ano 'yung available per region para kung may lugar na nangangailangan, puwedeng ilipat muna doon," he said.
Data from the Health Department show a 30-percent drop in rabies deaths in 2017. There were a total of 58,581 animal bites from dogs and cats recorded last year, the data added.
The DOH said the global shortage came after a batch of anti-rabies vaccines intended for the year 2018 was tainted or contaminated, prompting the recall of the products.
The World Health Organization also said they are communicating with the producers of the anti-rabies vaccine for other ways to meet demand. --report from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News