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Solidarity Trial for COVID-19 Vaccines in PH to start by December

Monday, October 26, the Department of Health the clinical trials for the WHO solidarity trial for the COVID-9 vaccine in the Philippines is set to start in December.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said WHO will release more details on the trials within the week.

“WHO has announced that trials will begin by December 2020. So in November, it will start in one site first then it will be followed by clinical trials in other countries including the Philippines,” she said.

As for the pharmaceutical companies dealing separately with the Philippines, Vergeire said the vaccine from Chinese company Sinovac is moving forward, following an expert panel’s approval.

Also, the panel will meet with the ethics review board to discuss if the company’s application for Phase 3 clinical trials can undergo processing by the Food and Drug Administration.

Vergeire said Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, one of those interested in holding clinical trials, is already in touch with a local research organization.

“For Gamaleya, they are already talking to the contract research organization (CRO) so that the CRO would be the ones to represent them here in the country,” she added.

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