- The Department of Health (DOH) announced that about 500 patients in the Philippines will join the solidarity trial to find a cure for COVID-19
- Over 100 countries joined the mega trial launched by the World Health Organization (WHO)
- In the trial, four possible therapies that could treat the coronavirus disease will be tested
- According to the DOH, about 20 hospitals in the Philippines will participate in the solidarity trial
- As of posting time, there is still no proven cure for the COVID-19 across the globe
The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Thursday that 500 patients in the Philippines will join the trial of therapies against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
KAMI learned that the World Health Organization (WHO) is leading a trial to find a cure against the novel coronavirus.
In a press release by the DOH, the WHO launched a solidarity trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four possible therapies that could beat COVID-19.
In the trial, several medicines will be tested such as antiviral Remdesivir, antimalarial drug Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine, Lopinavir with Ritonavir plus Interferon beta-1a, and antiretroviral Lopinavir with Ritonavir that was used to treat HIV.
"Initially, 500 patients ang kasama natin dito sa trial na ito to happen in 20 hospitals in the Philippines. Mayroon sa iba't ibang lugar sa Pilipinas na napiling ospital, hindi lang dito sa Metro Manila," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
"Habang wala pa 'yung shipment ng gamot maaari nang mag-umpisa, baka sakali sana kapag naiayos namin lahat ng dokumento, makapag-umpisa bukas ang ating proponent ng trial," she added.
Over 100 countries have joined the Solidarity Trial with more than 1,200 patients from the first five countries. The DOH is optimistic that the trial will help develop or find a cure against COVID-19.
“We are optimistic that this megatrial, with over 90 participating countries, will promote the rapid generation of strong evidence for treating COVID-19, and ultimately stem this pandemic,” Vergeire said.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte will be giving a P10 million reward to any Filipino that can develop a vaccine to fight the coronavirus disease.
As of posting time, there are 6, 710 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. 693 of the patients were able to recover.
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