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Duque: FDA to conduct own clinical trial of Russian COVID vaccine

Philippine Information Agency
15 Aug 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

MAASIN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque on Friday reported that the COVID vaccine developed by Russia will undergo a clinical trial Phase 3 by our own Food and Drug Administration.

"We still need more information on this vaccine," Duque said in an interview with PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar during the Laging Handa Network Briefing.

The health secretary said that when the vaccine passes Russia's clinical trial Phase 3, "this will also be done by our FDA who will give permission to conduct a clinical trial Phase 3 where this will be injected to subjects who have given their consent" to pass through the trial.

"By that process, we will know if it passes our standards of safety, efficacy, and quality," Duque said.

Duque thanked Russia and President Vladimir Putin for offering the vaccine to the Philippines, even as he also said US President Donald Trump tasked a top Pfizer official to give priority to the country.

These are ongoing talks and updates will surely be given to the public, Duque assured. (ldl/mmp/PIA-Southern Leyte)

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