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Russia to supply PH with Covid-19 vaccine for free

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The Philippine government said Russia has offered to provide Filipinos with its developed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once available.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia during the latter’s visit in 2019. (Presidential Communications Operations Office file photo)

President Rodrigo Duterte said on August 10, 2020, he is “very happy” that Russia would provide vaccines free of charge and he is willing to be the first person to be injected with the Russian vaccine in public.

“Pagdating ng bakuna, in public, para walang satsat diyan magpa-injection ako. Ako yung maunang maeksperimentuhan. Okay para sa akin (When the vaccine arrives i will have the public witness my vaccination so people won’t say anything, I’ll agree to be injected. I’ll be the first to be experimented on. It’s fine with me),” Duterte said.

Duterte said he wanted to show Putin that he has full trust in Russia’s scientific studies and believes that the vaccine produced is “good for humanity.”

Duterte said they will discuss how much of a supply the Phillippine will need.

The Russian Embassy in Manila announced on August 7, 2020, they have developed a Covid-19 vaccine created by the Gameleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and Russia is willing to assist the Philippines with an offer to supply the said vaccine.

The Philippines’ Department of Foreign said Russia’s offer has been referred to concerned agencies for proper assessment and evaluation.

Duterte told the Department of Health to coordinate with the Russian government for the possible transfer of the technology for Covid-19 vaccine to the Philippines.

Russia said it aims to launch the mass production of Covid-19 vaccines in September and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.

Russian scientists said results from clinical trials have been “promising.”

With a possible Russian vaccine in the works, Duterte expressed hope that the world would be Covid-free by December 2020.

“Maghintay kayo. Actually ang vaccines they are to be distributed worldwide na ‘yan by September, October. Bibitawan na nila dahan-dahan (Just wait. Actually, the vaccines are to be distributed worldwide by September, October. It would be slowly released),” he said.

Duterte said there would still be a need for clinical trials to be completed, but the waiting will be much shorter from now on.

“By December, sabi ko (I said) in the fullness of God’s time, we will have a hopefully a Covid-free December and we can enjoy this Christmas season,” Duterte said. (Source: PNA)

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