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Philippines likely to get COVID-19 vaccine for free according to DOST

The participation of the Philippines in the development of COVID-19 vaccine will secure a portion of vaccine supply and will likely to given for free an official said from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

“Unang-una, tayo po ay nag-commit na sa Solidarity Trial na gagawin ng WHO (World Health Organization). So, sa pagkakaalam po namin, ang bakuna ay malamang ibibigay nang walang bayad,” said DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development executive director Dr. Jaime Montoya in an online media briefing.

DOST and the Department of Health will shoulder the expenses for vaccination. The Philippines is among the participating nations in the global clinical trial seeking to find a vaccine for the viral disease. 

Meanwhile, there are eight candidate vaccines that are showing more potential than others according to Dr. Nina Gloriani in the same press briefing.

Vaccine development that stands out are companies in the United Kingdom, the United States, China, and India, Dr. Gloriani added.

“Kasama po dyan sa walo na ‘yan ‘yung kino-consider natin na syang it-test sa Pilipinas. Ito ‘yung dalawa sa China na na-mention kanina na in-approve ng IATF,” she said.

The Inter-agency Task Force collaborates with five vaccine developers, three of which are based in China. These include the Chinese Academy of Science - Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, the SinoPharm’s Wuhan Institute and Beijing Biologicals Institute, and the Sinovac - Biotech Ltd.

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