Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte proposes a P10 million($0.2Mn) reward to the person who will find a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online press conference,Tuesday(21)
A “substantial grant” will also be given to the University of the Philippines (UP) and the UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to help them develop a vaccine against the respiratory disease, Roque said. He did not indicate the amount of the grant.
The President also wants to announce that he will give a substantial grant to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
The PGH has asked those who have recovered from COVID-19 to make blood donations for its study on the virus’ cure.
President has also called on those who have survived from the respiratory disease to donate their blood which may be used in finding a cure for the respiratory disease.
Earlier, the President also said the Philippines will participate in studying a possible cure for the virus as he called for cooperation among countries in developing a vaccine.
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Globally, over 2.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, with over 170,000 fatalities.
Meanwhile, the nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday(20) is at 6,459 with 428 fatalities and 613 recoveries.
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