DOST: 13 hospitals involved in COVID-19 vaccine solidarity trials

DOST: 13 hospitals involved in COVID-19 vaccine solidarity trials
A Sinovac Biotech LTD vaccine candidate for COVID-19 coronavirus is on display at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing on September 6, 2020.
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MANILA, Philippines — Thirteen hospitals across the country will be involved in the World Health Organization’s solidarity trials for candidate vaccines against the coronavirus disease, the Department of Science and Technology said.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the government’s inter-agency task force (IATF) has accepted the agency’s recommendation for zoning on the solidarity trials for candidate vaccines against COVID-19.

The vaccine solidarity trial in the country is scheduled to begin next month and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2020. The vaccines will be tested in eight trial zones in the country, which will involve 13 health facilities.

The following are the identified hospitals in Metro Manila:

  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Manila Doctors Hospital
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City
  • Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
  • Makati Medical Center
  • The Medical City
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center-BGC

Hospitals that will facilitate the study in the provinces include Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Cavite and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

According to WHO’s draft landscape of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, there are currently 38 candidates vaccines in clinical evaluation.

According to IATF’s Resolution 68, the WHO solidarity vaccine trial will be prioritized in the assignment of trial zones. It also said that vaccine recipients under the solidarity trial will be recruited from barangays with highest COVID-19 cases.

De la Peña also said the country is in agreement with five vaccine developers that will enable clinical data sharing.

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines reached 290,190 with 4,999 deaths as of Thursday. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

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September 23, 2021 - 7:50am

The United States authorizes the use of boosters of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for people aged over 65, people at high-risk of severe disease and those in high-exposure settings to the virus.

"Today's action demonstrates that science and the currently available data continue to guide the FDA’s decision-making for COVID-19 vaccines during this pandemic," says Janet Woodcock, acting head of the Food and Drug Administration. — AFP

September 22, 2021 - 8:18am

COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers are putting profit before lives, Amnesty International says, as it demands two billion doses for poorer nations by the end of the year.

The human rights group says in a new report that US President Joe Biden was expected to outline a pledge at the UN General Assembly to fully vaccinate 70% of the world's population by next September.

"We need leaders like President Biden to put billions of doses on the table and deliver the goods, otherwise this is just another empty gesture and lives will continue to be lost," Amnesty chief Agnes Callamard says.

September 18, 2021 - 9:14am

A panel of leading US medical experts advising the government vote in favor of authorizing boosters of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for everyone aged 65 and up, as well as people at high risk of developing severe Covid.

The same committee however rejected an initial proposal, submitted by Pfizer and backed by President Joe Biden's administration, to fully approve boosters to everyone aged 16 and over. 

The decisions came after a day-long meeting full of data presentations and at times charged debate that was convened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tens of millions of Americans will soon be eligible for a third shot. — AFP

September 17, 2021 - 12:51pm

US medical experts will meet Friday to debate and vote on the controversial question of giving out booster doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to the general population.

President Joe Biden's administration announced in August a plan to roll out third shots to everyone, not just the immune compromised already able to receive them, starting from September 20. 

But experts have since expressed reservations about whether they are required, amid concerns over global inequity, the greater need to vaccinate the unvaccinated, and possible increased risk of side effects. — AFP

September 16, 2021 - 5:21pm

China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people against the coronavirus — 71% of its population — official figures showed Thursday.

The country had mostly curbed the virus within its borders but is racing to get the vast majority of its population vaccinated as a new outbreak takes hold in the southeast.

"As of September 15, 2.16 billion vaccine doses have been administered nationwide," said National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng at a press briefing. 

Chinese health authorities said late last month that 890 million people in China had been fully vaccinated and two billion doses administered. 

The government has not publicly announced a target for vaccination coverage, but top virologist Zhong Nanshan said last month that the country is likely to have 80% of its population inoculated by the end of the year.

China is currently battling an outbreak of the Delta variant in the southeastern province of Fujian that has infected almost 200 people so far in three cities, many of whom are schoolchildren. — AFP

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