FDA: COVID-19 vaccine must be 60% to 70% effective to be approved

A COVID-19 vaccine must be proven to be at least 60% to 70% effective before the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves its use in the country, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said.

“Generally, it should be 60% to 70% effective. That is the minimum requirement,” Domingo said in an ANC interview.

“Most vaccines pass [FDA regulation] if they have 60% to 70% efficacy rate. But of course, the higher [percentage of efficacy rate], the better,” Domingo added.

Today, only COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca-Oxford have been proven at least 80% effective after the final stages of human trials.