China will be one of the first to develop a COVID-19 vaccine —Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that he is confident China will be the first country to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The president shared that China is already working on developing a vaccine, and the said vaccine may be available by September.

“Ang target nila (their tarfet) is September. I think China will be able to distribute if I’m not mistaken and the other countries are catching up,” he said in an online briefing.

Kaya lang itong China, hindi ito hambog, wala itong ere, but they work. I’m very sure that they will be the first one, one of the countries that would be able come up with the vaccine,” Duterte said.

[China, they are not arrogant, they are not egoistic, but they work.]

While hundreds of biotech companies all over the world are racing to be the first to develop COVID-19 vaccine, there is still no certainty the it will be ready by next year, an expert earlier said.

The World Health Organization Philippines Office has also said that a vaccine against COVID-19 can take at least over a year to develop.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.