By Analou De Vera
The Philippine government will join the global “Solidarity Trial” to help develop a potential treatment for COVID-19.
“Nais ko rin ipaalam sa inyo na tayo po ay sasali sa Solidarity Trial na ginagawa ng World Health Organization (WHO) para sa COVID-19,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a press briefing.
(I just want to inform the public that we will join the WHO’s Solidarity Trial for COVID-19.)
“Ito po ay isang malawakang pag-aaral kasama ang iba’t-ibang bansa para makahanap ng lunas sa COVID-19.”
(This is an extensive study of various countries to find a cure for COVID-19.)
The WHO recently announced that the Solidarity Trial is aimed at comparing the safety and effectiveness of different drugs or drug combinations against the dreaded disease.
“More than 45 countries are contributing to the trial, and more have expressed interest. The more countries who join the trial, the faster we will have results,” said WHO Director- General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last Monday.
Duque said the country will be represented by Dr. Marissa Alejandria of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, while Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire will serve as the DOH’s official liaison to the WHO.
WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai recently said “there are as of today more than 50 candidate vaccines and several clinical trials for treatments are ongoing.”
“Some of those prototype vaccines are even moving into human trials. This is a remarkable speed and I hope that vaccine development would be as much fast as we want, but it will still take some more time,” he added.
As of Thursday afternoon, the country recorded 11 new deaths among COVID-19 patients in the country. The death toll has now risen to 107.
The DOH also reported 322 new patients, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,633. Meanwhile, 51 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.