Duterte claims 'many countries have perfected' COVID-19 vaccines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2020 11:17 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday claimed that many countries have already "perfected" vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a televised public address, Duterte, without naming which countries, said there are countries that have already developed vaccines for the deadly illness.

"Ang masabi ko sa inyo na good news, is that we believe, and I believe too, that many countries have now perfected some vaccines. Maybe some are haphazard, kasi madalian eh. The quest for vaccine takes time, years. Dito nagmamadalian, at least we have medicine that would fight COVID," he said.

(I can share a good news to you. We believe, and I believe too that many countries have now perfected some vaccines. Maybe some are haphazard, because they were done in a hurry. The quest for vaccine takes time, years. They developed the vaccine in a hurry, at least we have medicine that would fight COVID.)

Duterte also claimed that a person's body can develop immunity against the illness, but sometime it gets overwhelmed and succumbs to the virus.

"Actually ang mangyari kasi 'yan, nabigla, pumasok sa katawan, hindi niya recognized kung ano 'yun so he has to manufacture, just like what we are doing physically in the outside world. Ang ating body has to fight. Minsan, na-overwhelm, natatalo siya. That's why you fight for your life inside," he said.

(Actually, the virus enters the body, but it is not recognized so it has to manufacture, just like what we are doing physically in the outside world. Our body has to fight. But sometimes, it gets overwhelmed, it gets defeated. That's why you fight for your life inside.)

However, no vaccine has yet been fully developed against COVID-19, as of June 22, Monday. Most are still in trial stages.

There is also no certainty the preventive medicine will be ready by next year, an expert earlier said.

The World Health Organization's Philippines office has also said that a vaccine against COVID-19 can take at least over a year to develop.

Most companies, including those in China, Japan, the US, and the United Kingdom, are still doing human trials to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

China National Biotec Group (CNBG) earlier said its experimental coronavirus vaccine has triggered antibodies in clinical trials and the company plans late-stage human trials in foreign countries.

Japan is also set to start clinical tests for a coronavirus vaccine by June 30.

No treatment has been solidly proven so far to be able to effectively protect people from the virus that has killed more than 400,000 people, while multiple candidates are still in various stages of development globally.