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Philippines in talks with Taiwan for possible COVID-19 vaccine production


The Department of Health (DOH), said on Wednesday (July 22),  that the Philippines is currently coordinating with Taiwan for the possible supply of COVID-19 vaccine once available.


"Nakikipag-usap ang DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) from the manufacturers. May Dalawa tayo ngayon na tinitingnan. Kausap na rin natin sila. We're just waiting for further documents" Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.

"Actually, many are already offering us with vaccines that are already at certain levels of clinical trials," she added.

Experts around the world are working as fast as they can to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, which has infected nearly 15 million people and claimed more than 616,000 lives. But apparently, no clinical trials of coronavirus vaccines have yet to show efficacy and safety.

"In the coming days or weeks, we will be able to give you a complete information once all of these have been finalized already," Vergeire said, pertaining to the vaccine deals.

Vergeire also made an assurance that the Philippines is already on the position to access vaccines for the disease.
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