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Walang bilib sa China, Russia! Jonvic Remulla: COVID-19 vaccines for Cavite trial from US, UK

Aug 13, 2020 @ 12:32
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Over 10,000 Cavite residents have volunteered to participate in the third phase of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, which Governor Jonvic Remulla said will come from the United States and United Kingdom.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, August 13, Remulla said half of the volunteers will receive the vaccine while the remaining 5,000 will be given a placebo.

“Ang ibig sabihin po ng placebo, ang matatanggap ng kalahati ay walang therapeutic effect. Ito ay standard protocol sa lahat ng clinical trials na ginagawa sa buong mundo,” he said.

“This will undergo intense scrutiny with the scientific community to determine its validity and efficacy. Only then will the vaccine be made available to the public,” Remulla added.

The governor expressed concern over the COVID-19 registered by Russia, named Sputnik V.

“I have nothing against the Russians nor am I connected to any preferred country or vaccine manufacturer. I do NOT stand to gain on this but forgive me if my primary interest is to safeguard the health and safety of my constituents in Cavite,” he said.

‘As far as I know, the Russian data is UNAVAILABLE; their methodology is NOT open; and its efficacy has not been subject to a review and analysis,” Remulla added.

With the government and public pinning their hopes on an effective COVID-19 vaccine, Remulla said it’s best to view candidates with caution.

“If we did not get the containment strategy right then let us ensure that the curative portion is done correctly. Please exercise CAUTION and have the people’s interest at heart. There is no bigger decision than choosing a clinically tested and effective vaccine, at the correct time, at the fair price,” he said.

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