W.H.O ASKS PH TO PLEDGE MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR COVID-19 VACCINE TRIAL
The World Health Organization on Monday said it wants the Philippines to increase its number of volunteer participants for a multi-country COVID-19 vaccine trial.
WHO Country Representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the organization was hoping that the country will include up to 4,000 individuals for vaccine trial.
“My understanding is the Philippines is looking at 2,000 to 3,000 participants joining the trial. We are hoping that number would increase,” he added.
He explained that the faster they reach the target number of participants from across the world, the faster they can have evidence of the safety and efficacy of the vaccines.
Abeyasinghe said 10 trial sites were already identified by the Philippines — 9 in the National Capital Region and 1 in Cebu. He explained that these are areas where there is high level of COVID-19 transmission.
He said that while there has been a decline in transmission in both areas, they think the numbers are “still adequate.”