Philippines to begin clinical trials for Russian COVID-19 vaccine in Oct.
MANILA (PHILIPPINES) – Clinical trials for a Russian coronavirus vaccine will be conducted by the Philippines in October and President Rodrigo Duterte is slated to get vaccinated as early as May next year, said his spokesman on Thursday.
The announcement of Harry Roque, Duterte’s spokesman, comes a day after the Philippine scientists held discussions with representatives of research facility Gamaleya, which is developing the vaccine, regarding trials and information.
On Tuesday, Russia granted regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine, which is named “Sputnik V” as a tribute to the USSR’s launch of the world’s first satellite.
The decision to grant permission for the shot before completing trials has raised concerns among scientists.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that all clinical trials will undergo the regulatory process.
In the Philippines, the phase three clinical trials will take place from October to March 2021. This will take place after a panel of experts completes their review of Russia’s phase one and two trials in September.
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