Philippine President Duterte ready to be first to test Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Philippine President Duterte ready to be first to test Russian COVID-19 vaccine
# 11 August 2020 12:24 (UTC +04:00)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has praised a COVID-19 vaccine under development by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), stressing that he is ready to be the first subject of the trials in his own country, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"I will tell [Russian] President Putin that I have huge trust in your studies in combating COVID and I believe that the vaccine that you have produced is really good for humanity", Duterte stated on Monday, adding that he can be "the first they can experiment on".

On Tuesday, Duterte's office also stated the Philippines stands ready to work with Russia on vaccine trials, supply, and production.

In the meantime, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev on Monday confirmed that the fund is ready to hold clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine in the Philippines in August.

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