Pfizer won’t conduct COVID-19 vaccine trials in the Philippines - (CNN via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Pfizer will not conduct a Phase III trial of its COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines as the company is already well advanced with the study, CNN reported.

  • Department of Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said talks were recently held with Pfizer about a possible product supply deal, but they made "no commitment."

  • Vergeire indicated that the country will finalise a confidentiality disclosure agreement with the company, as well as one with Moderna for its potential coronavirus vaccine.

  • Authorities from the Philippines are also set to meet with CSL the University of Queensland.

  • Meanwhile, the country's vaccine expert panel has sought clarifications regarding documents submitted by developers of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

  • The documents contain the findings of Phase I and II trials of Sputnik V, with officials waiting the response from the manufacturer Gamaleya research institute.

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