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Philippines probes unauthorized vaccines given to soldiers

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow members of his security team to face a congressional probe for their use of an unauthorized vaccine, warning legislators of a “crisis” if they push through with an investigation.

Duterte told his security team to ignore summons from Congress, adding that the soldiers were inoculated to protect him and themselves.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque earlier in the day said his agency will investigate how unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines were given to Duterte’s security team and reportedly to thousands of Chinese workers. The Food and Drug Administration is working with government investigators and customs officials to probe the illegal entry and use of the unregistered vaccines, Duque said at a televised briefing.

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