PH will get access to US COVID-19 vaccine, Palace assures

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Malacañang assured Filipinos that the country will have access to the coronavirus vaccine of the United States. This, following news of a biotech firm breaking substantial progress in its COVID-19 vaccine development.

The US’ top infectious disease scientist on Monday hailed the coronavirus vaccine of Moderna as “stunningly impressive”, following a clinical trial with more than 30,000 participants. Last week, American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech also said their vaccine was 90 percent effective. 

“We have firm commitments from the United States… that we will have access po to COVID vaccines that may be developed in the United States,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. 

Both US vaccine frontrunners are based on new technology that uses synthetic versions of molecules called “messenger RNA” to hack into human cells, and effectively turn them into vaccine-making factories.

Moderna plans to submit applications for emergency approval around the world within weeks, and says it expects to have approximately 20 million doses ready to ship in the US by the end of the year.

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