DOH mulling to participate in WHO's solidarity trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Published April 28, 2020, 3:47 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Analou De Vera

The Philippines is eyeing to take part in the Solidarity Trial for COVID-19 vaccines of the World Health Organization (WHO). Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the country’s scientific community has suggested for the country to join the global initiative.

Vergeire said that the Department of Health (DOH) recently met with scientists, health experts, concerned government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies to discuss vaccine development. “So, nung nag usap-usap kami, lumabas yung galing sa WHO, yung solidarity trial naman for vaccines. Maraming nagsabi at nagrekomenda galing sa ating mga scientists… habang pinaiigting ang ating teknolohiya [na] sumali rin tayo dyan para hindi tayo nahuhuli,” Vergeire told reporters on Tuesday, April 28.

(So, when we met, the solidarity trial for vaccines of the WHO was discussed. Many of our scientists recommended that we join that while we are still improving our technology, and for us not to be left behind.)

“Isa iyan sa pinagtratrabahuhan natin ngayon together with WHO na makasama din tayo sa trial ng vaccines,” she added.

(That’s one of the things we are working on with WHO—to also participate in the vaccines trial.)

Vergeire said that they are also working to improve the country’s vaccine development capabilities. “Gusto natin makita yung grasp kung ano ba ang meron na tayo ngayon, may mga scientist ba talaga tayo who can be able to do this kind of work. Meron naman tayong nakitang potencial,” she said.

[We want to get a grasp of our current capabilities. If we have enough scientists who are able to do this kind of work. We can see that there is potential.]

To note, the country also joined the WHO’s Solidarity Trial to find effective treatment for COVID-19, wherein an initial of 500 patients would participate in this initiative. This trial involved four possible therapies in treating COVID-19.