The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Health (DOH) will support a research which will look into the possibility of mixing and matching different COVID-19 vaccine brands and platforms through a study involving 3,000 Filipino participants starting June 2021.
Results of state-funded clinical trials on virgin coconut oil (VCO) in Santa Rosa, Laguna, which showed it was an effective “functional food” to help treat probable and suspect cases of COVID-19, has been published in an international journal.
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña provided updates on some COVID-19 projects for diagnostics, public health surveillance and therapeutics supported by the DOST – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD)
Mindanao scientists are now in anticipation of the first research center to be established in the region aimed to strengthen local response to infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Ang Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) ay nilikha ng batas (PNHRS Act of 2013) upang protektahan ang mga taong kalahok sa mga pananaliksik na may kinalaman sa medisina. Ginagawa ang mga pananaliksik para patunayan kung mabisa at ligtas ang mga gamot bago gamitin ang mga ito nang mas malawakan.
“Required na ang pagdadausan ng clinical trials at ito naman ay hindi magtatagal siguro ng isang buwan or even less, ay gagawin sa mga lugar na mataas ang incidence ng COVID-19 at kailangan ay mataas na incidence na yun ay consistent over the last the last two weeks bago mag-umpisa ang clinical trials,” sabi ni Dela Peña.