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Palace: Experts working hard to develop cure for coronavirus

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Friday assured the public that government scientists are “working diligently” to find local treatment for patients infected with coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the comment, in response to criticism that the government is not doing enough to protect the Filipino people against the infection.

Roque said the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has approved the clinical trial for “lagundi” and the clinical trial for “tawa-tawa” as supplements for the treatment of Covid-19.

These trials are in addition to the melatonin, convalescent plasma, and virgin coconut oil trials.

The Philippines, he added, is part of the World Health Organization’s solidarity trial, a global search for an effective treatment against the viral illness, and has been in touch with several institutions to collaborate on vaccine development and allow local manufacturing.

“Our concern, however, also involves long-term plans,” said Roque, noting that the President is reviewing a proposal to establish a Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines that will serve as a premiere research institute in virology and diseases to strengthen local vaccine development in the country.

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