Gov’t calls for volunteers in the implementation of the WHO Solidarity trial

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) — The government is calling for medical volunteers who would want to help out in the implementation of the World Health Organization Solidarity trial in the country.

“We really need the support of as many people as possible especially itong ating mga [our] nurses,” Jaime Montoya, executive director of the DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, said on Saturday.

Montoya also noted that around 20 trial teams will be deployed for the said program that will be composed of medical professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and medical technologists.

The WHO solidarity vaccine trial in the country will involve 15,000 volunteers aged 18 to 59 years old to determine which COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective to be used for the public. The Philippines and Colombia are the first countries to start its implementation.

Earlier, Dr. Nina Gloriani, head of the DOST’s vaccine expert panel, said the Solidarity vaccine trial in the country may start by early or mid-January, which was originally scheduled in October

Montoya also presented a list of sites in where this will be conducted.

Montoya said they are still waiting for the final protocols from the WHO as they look for more individuals to join the trial in coordination with local government units.