- The Department of Health (DOH) has given a comment after Russia registered its COVID-19 vaccine
- According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the vaccine needs to be studied more
- Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is expected to meet with the developers of the said vaccine
- It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the offer of Russia to include the Philippines in the trials
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The Department of Health (DOH) has commented over the COVID-19 vaccine recently developed in Russia.
KAMI learned that the health department has yet to recommend the said vaccine.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, the DOH needs more study and documents before giving the COVID-19 vaccine a go signal in the Philippines.
“Depende pa ‘yan, we have to learn more about it,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
“Wala pa tayong documents, eh. We need to have more information. Very scarce pa ‘yung information. But one thing we’re sure, it has to be safe,” he added.
In a Facebook post by the Philippine Star, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the Department of Science and Technology will be meeting with the members of the Gamaleya National Research Center that developed the vaccine in Russia.
“Ang pag-uusapan ngayon with the DOST, how we can possibly have the clinical trial here also in the Philippines, so titignan natin ano 'yung magiging resulta ng pag-uusap between Gamaleya and DOST,” she said.
On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia registered the “first” COVID-19 vaccine in the world.
According to the Russian President, the COVID-19 vaccine has shown efficient results. He also revealed that his daughter received a shot of the vaccine.
However, several experts have expressed their worries over the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has accepted the offer of Russia for the Philippines to join the clinical trial of the vaccine. He even volunteered to receive the first shot of the vaccine if it arrives in the Philippines.
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