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WHO hopes Philippines can provide more participants for COVID-19 vaccine solidarity trial

The global body is hoping that up to 4,000 participants can join the solidarity trials in the country

Yesterday, the WHO expressed hope for the Philippines to get more vaccines to liaise with more volunteers for its solidarity trials.

The World Health Organization hopes that the Philippines will increase the number of participants in transnational clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

World Health Organization Philippines on Twitter: "WHO Philippines  Representative Dr Rabindra Abeyasinghe: We stand with the DOH and the  Philippine government to respond to this #polio outbreak. We are deeply  concerned ofThe WHO country representative, Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, said that the World Health Organization hopes to have at least 4,000 participants from the Philippines. The Philippines is currently looking for the remaining 2,000 to 3,000 volunteers to participate in the third phase of the trial. 

The vaccinators for the third phase of the trial will be for participants aged between 18 to 60 years old. The trails are scheduled to start at the end of October. 

The main purpose of the third phase of the COVID-19 trial is to verify its safety and confirm the effective dose, and to determine the side effects or reasons why the treatment should not be used in people with specific diseases (called "contraindications"), and compare the results with existing ones. 

Currently, the Philippines has identified 10 test sites, nine of which are in Metro Manila and one in Cebu. These are areas with high levels of virus transmission. 

The WHO representative said that although the transmission in Metro Manila and Cebu has decreased, the current level of transmission is still sufficient to try the vaccine. 

The Philippine government has allocated 89 million PHP for the third phase of the WHO vaccine trial. 

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