Widespread trials of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by a Russian research institute in the Philippines that take place between October 2020 and March 2021 Malacañang said Thursday even though a government review of previous trials is not yet completed. Russia reported that it approved a coronavirus vaccine named “Sputnik V” in a world-first that raises questions about the vacuum’s pace of development.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing that the country’s vaccine expert panel will study the outcomes of phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials for the vaccine developed in September by Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Moscow reported that Sputnik V works, even though it had not undergone clinical trials in Phase 3—an integral phase of testing prior to obtaining regulatory approval.
Roque said extensive trials, known as Phase 3, will take place in the Philippines between October 2020 and March 2021. It’ll be done simultaneously in Russia. Russia must fund the clinical trials that are to be carried out in the country.)
The Science and Technology Department officials met the Russian vaccine developer. A total of 168 candidate vaccines against coronavirus are being produced worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, with the Russian vaccine identified as being only in Phase 1.
President Rodrigo Duterte suggested that he would be the first to test the COVID-19 vaccine, but that could only happen in May 2021 and only if Sputnik V was approved for commercial use by April of that year by the Food and Drug Administration. Moreover, the FDA and the Health Department said the Russian-made vaccine would undergo regulatory process once it reaches the world.
Public confidence in immunization continues to be a problem in the Philippines. In 2016, the Philippines used a mass vaccination campaign with the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia — which took 20 years to create. However, adverse results in the post-clinical trial research led to claims that children had died after immunization.
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