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Mag overtime! Develop vaccines against China virus, Duterte to researchers

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte asked health workers and researchers in the Philippines to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, a respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, China.

“At least we have our doctors. They should work overtime, the researchers, pareho lang man, to come up with a vaccine,” Duterte said during his speech at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City Monday.

The President assured everyone that the government is “prepared” for the coronavirus outbreak getting worse.

“I would like also to take this opportunity to assure all Filipino brothers and sisters that the national government remains to be on top of the threat of the coronavirus. We are prepared to handle all public emergency, in case the worst possible scenario happens,” according to him.

“Maniwala lang kayo sa gobyerno. In a crisis of involving deaths and getting people sick, we will do our very best at maniwala lang kayo kasi ‘yun ‘yung talaga ‘yung pinag-aral. Ito ‘yung Department of Health. Iyan ang nag-aaral diyan eh. Hindi naman tayo. But we will do our best,” he added.

As of Tuesday morning, the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic has reached 1,013, including one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

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