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By Prince Golez

The Philippines will participate in clinical trials and medical studies of potential treatments for coronavirus disease (Covid-19), President Rodrigo Duterte said.

Duterte issued the remark as he stressed the need for scientific cooperation to develop a vaccine for the viral disease.

“We are confident our scientists and experts within and outside our region will rise to this colossal challenge. A vaccine and/or treatment must be found sooner rather than later,” the President said during his intervention at the ASEAN Plus Three Summit on Covid-19.

All countries, he added, should have “fair and easy” access to vaccines and treatments.

Meanwhile, Duterte thanked China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea for their “timely and generous assistance” amid the health crisis. “We must continue working together to end this pandemic with finality,” he said.

Globally, Covid-19 has infected nearly 2 million people and has killed more than 100,000.

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