- The Palace revealed the timeline for Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine and its arrival in the Philippines
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Russia is just starting its Phase 3 clinical trials
- He mentioned that the clinical trials could last until March 2021 and it could be registered in the FDA by April 2021
- However, there is still a possibility for a COVID-free Christmas in the Philippines because there are other candidates for the vaccine
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The Palace has revealed the timeline of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine and the earliest date that President Rodrigo Duterte could have it.
KAMI learned that Russia will just be starting Phase 3 of “Sputnik V” vaccine in the Philippines by October.
In a Facebook post by Philippine Star, the Vaccine Expert Panel will review the results of Phase 1 and 2 of the clinical trials by September 2020.
Meanwhile, by October 2020 to March 2021, Phase 3 in the Philippines will happen. The clinical trials will be funded by Russia.
Roque said that the vaccine will only be registered to the Food and Drug Administration by April 2021.
Therefore, the earliest time that President Rodrigo Duterte could get a shot of the vaccine will be on May 1, 2021.
PALACE ON COVID-FREE CHRISTMAS
The Palace was asked if it still possible for the Philippines to have a COVID-free Christmas as President Duterte hoped for. Roque said that there is still a possibility because there are other vaccines that are in its third phase already.
“Sabihin na lang natin na ito naman pong Gamaleya vaccine is only one. Marami na pong vaccine na nasa third phase na of clinical trials,” he said.
“So baka mayroon naman pong mauna pa. Dahil ito pong Gamaleya, sisimulan pa lang ang third phase,” he added.
On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia registered the “first” COVID-19 vaccine in the world. He mentioned that his own daughter received a shot of the vaccine.
However, some medical experts are worried about the said vaccine. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that it needs further study to ensure its safety.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is volunteering to receive the first vaccine shot in the Philippines after he accepted the offer of Russia for its clinical trials.
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