“Duterte is Looking Forward as COVID-19 Might be Availble this Coming September: Will it be Safe and Effective?”

President Rodrigo Duterte

For President Rodrigo Duterte, the expectation of a return to normal depends on the creation and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. In his speeches, Duterte frequently challenged Filipinos to endure coronavirus restrictions as he pinned the nation’s hopes on a vaccine that would help end the pandemic.

In a speech, Duterte welcomed Russia’s offer for clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine and offered to be injected as a gesture of appreciation and confidence. Previously, the President asked China to give the Philippines priority access to coronavirus vaccines that it is producing.

Duterte also predicted that vaccines would be delivered worldwide by September or October. Yet as scientists race to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines at an unparalleled pace, Dr. Lulu Bravo, Executive Director of the Philippine Vaccination Foundation, urged caution. Dengvaxia, a dengue vaccine launched when Garin was a health minister, was discontinued after the drug company Sanofi Pasteur announced in November 2017 that a post-clinical trial analysis of Dengue Tetravalent Vaccine (Live, Attenuated) suggested an increased risk of dengue and serious dengue hospitalization, predominantly Grade I or II Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, for patients not pre-existing.

The vaccine candidates for Phase 3 have been developed by Oxford University / AstraZeneca, China’s Sinovac, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products / Sinopharm, Beijing Institute of Biological Products / Sinopharm, Moderna / NIAID and Bio N Tech / Fosun Pharma / Pfizer. Observational effectiveness or safety trials of vaccines are typically part of Phase 4 post-licensing research.

Observational effectiveness or safety trials of vaccines are typically part of Phase 4 post-licensing research. Last month, the nation entered COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) to help ensure equal and equitable access to coronavirus vaccines. Under the COVAX program, vaccines will first be distributed uniformly to all participating nations, prioritizing health care staff first, and then expanding to reach 20 % of the population.

Yet what are the governments expected to do when waiting for coronavirus vaccines? The WHO stated that they would concentrate on the most important for the time being: checking, touch tracking, maintaining physical distance, and wearing a mask.

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