The Philippines is set to meet with officials from Russia’s vaccine manufacturer, Gamaleya Research Institute to discuss the latter’s newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire assured the public that several officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will discuss details of the vaccine that was developed and recently registered in Russia.
“Ngayong araw na ito, may scheduled meeting na ang Department of Science and Technology with the manufacturer ng Russia. Itong Gamaleya,” said Vergeire.
She furthered that discussions will center around possible clinical trials of the said vaccine in the Philippines and assured that experts in the Philippines will be studying its effects thoroughly when the trials commence.
“Ang pag-uusapan ngayon with the Department of Science and Technology (is) how we can have the clinical trial here in the Philippines. We can assure the public that we are going to study this,” said Vergeire.
Among the first vaccinated individuals in Russia include President Vladimir Putin’s daughter, who he said only suffered from minor side effects such as a slight fever. He assures the public that her daughter is now feeling well and even said that her daughter has developed “a high number of antibodies”.