WHO names Filipino doctor to its Covid-19 Vaccine Solidarity Trial Steering Committee

MANILA — The World Health Organization (WHO) has named a noted Filipino medical scientist, Dr. Nina Gloriani as a member of its Covid-19 Solidarity Vaccine Trials Scientific Steering Committee.

Dr. Gloriani was former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Public Health and a noted medical scientist.  

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Pena has announced Gloriani’s confirmed designation by the WHO to its Covid=19 Solidarity Vaccine Trial committee. As such. He said the Filipino doctor will actively participation in the WHO project.

In a related development, DOST has set aside P89.1 million for the Philippines’ participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Vaccine Trial for Covid-19.

Dela Peña said they are just waiting for the announcement by WHO on which vaccines will be included in the Solidarity Vaccine Trial. “In case there would be many and would need more funds, we will find a way to augment this budget,” he added.

The country’s participation in the WHO Solidarity Vaccine Trial is seen as the best short-term strategy it could adopt to make the Covid-19 vaccine available in the country as soon as possible.

“It will allow the country to avail of Covid-19 vaccine candidates, which are already in the more advanced stages of vaccine development. The project will also build on the local expertise already available for clinical trials and contribute to capacity building, upgrading of facilities and resources required for vaccine development and manufacturing in the country,” De la Pena explained.

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