By Teddy Cambosa
Over 15,000 Filipinos will join the vaccine trials organized by the World Health Organization, a Philippine official stated on January 6.
“The Philippines and Colombia will be the first two countries to take part in the WHO solidarity vaccine trial,” Carlito Galvez, the National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer, said in an online briefing.
Majority of the vaccine trial participants will come from Metro Manila, considered to be the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
As the vaccine trial rolls out, the Philippine government is also dealing with various vaccine makers including Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech, Novavax, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson of the US, and Russian medical research institute Gamaleya to buy vaccines.