Ex-DOH chief Garin calls for caution on Fabunan vaccine, backs FDA study for it


Posted at Apr 23 2020 08:37 PM

MANILA - Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin on Thursday called for caution on the so-called Fabunan vaccine as she backed the Food and Drug Administration's testing for its effectiveness against COVID-19.

“I fully support Malacanang's call to have the Fabunan viral injection studied by the FDA. Is it indeed an effective cure? Is it under clinical trial? If it's for clinic use, there should still be medical transparency," Garin, a former Health Secretary, said in a statement.

"If this viral injection is what it claims to be, then let's have the FDA study its effectiveness and make a pronouncement whether it's safe or not."

Garin said the public and authorities should be careful and avoid unnecessary medical expenses even if they are desperate for a cure against the COVID-19, which has wreaked havoc across the globe.

“We should be wary of the things we read, see or watch in social media. Not all trending posts about COVID-19 cures are backed up by science," she said.

"We all want a vaccine, a medicine to save us from COVID-19 but we should be more critical of viral posts on social media. Let us put forward products which are scientifically and medically proven to help us fight COVID-19.”

The world has yet to find a vaccine and cure for the rapidly spreading COVID-19, but some drugs are being tested worldwide as possible treatment.

Earlier, Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte is offering up to P10 million in reward money to any Filipino who can discover a vaccine against COVID-19.

--Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News