The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking at starting Solidarity Trial for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine by the end of October this year.
“We are very eager to start the trial as early as possible, but right now we are looking at starting the trial towards the end of October,” WHO country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said during the Laging Handa Public Briefing on Monday.
Abeyasinghe added that WHO acknowledges that the process does not conform in accordance to what they have planned since they initially intended to start the trial at the beginning of October.
Abeyasinghe said WHO has shared the vaccine trial protocol with the government of the Philippines.
“What we need is for the Department of Science and Technology and the principal investigators to approve the protocol,” Abeyasinghe said.
He added this also includes the necessary regulatory and ethical clearances needed in the country.
“Once those are ready, we believe that the selection of a candidate vaccines for the solidarity trial will be finalized,” Abeyasinghe said.
According to the country reperesentative, the WHO will send the candidate Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines for the start of the trials.”We are still hoping that the solidarity vaccine trials which are also considered as Phase 3 clinical trials would hopefully commence by the end of October,” Abeyasinghe said.