Duterte, Abe had an exchange on Avigan, a potential COVID-19 vaccine

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Avigan, a potential vaccine for COVID-19, was discussed at the ASEAN Plus Three Special Summit on COVID-19 held April 14, participated by ASEAN member nations, Japan, South Korea, and China.

“Kung naalala po ninyo noong Lunes, nabanggit ni Pangulong Duterte ang Avigan, isang gamot na ginagamit para sa flu at influenza. Isa ito sa mga pinag-usapan sa ASEAN Plus Three Summit,” during Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) virtual presser with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

“The President had an exchange with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding this drug. And during the meeting, reiterated that the Philippines is ready to participate in clinical trials of potential vaccines like Avigan,” he added.

“According to Prime Minister Abe, there are about 50 countries that are interested in studying this drug further; and Prime Minister Abe gave special mention to President Duterte in this regard,” Nograles said.