The DOST was open to conducting clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines on children.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was open to conducting clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines on children.
On Thursday, the DOST expressed willingness to test COVID-19 vaccines on Filipino children despite the recent decision of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to minors aged 12 to 15 years old.
According to DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development executive director Dr. Jaime Montoya, they’re open to conducting a study in order to know if Filipino kids would elicit the same response as other children who were vaccinated against COVID-19 in other countries.
“Kami po ay open na kung kinakailangan ay pag-aralan din po ito para makita natin kung ang response ng ibang bansa ay katulad din po ng mga Pilipino kapag binakunahan ang ating mga kabataan,” Montoya said at a media briefing.
Montoya’s statement came after Health Secretary Duque III said that the national government will not yet administer COVID-19 vaccines to kids.
Earlier, Duque said that the Duterte administration will wait for other countries to include minors in their COVID-19 vaccination programs to learn from their experience.
Duque added that the Philippine Pediatric Society will conduct its own study on the effects of those COVID-19 vaccines on children.