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COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials for Cavite residents to start in two weeks -Remulla

The clinical trials for vaccines against COVID-19 involving Cavite residents would begin in the next two weeks, Governor Jonvic Remulla said Friday.

In a television interview, Remulla said the local government has identified the high-risk individuals who would join the trials, including policemen, drivers of public transport vehicles, factory workers, and senior citizens

"It's not Cavite per se but Cavite and La Salle HSI, the medical school. They have a very good track record in epidemiology and they're the ones being tasked to join in this medical trial. Cavite will help La Salle HSI in getting the high-risk people in joining the vaccine trial. It should start in the next two weeks," Remulla told ANC.

Earlier, Remulla said at least 10,000 Cavite residents are set to be subjected to a Phase 3 field trial of two pharmaceutical companies for a COVID-19 vaccine.

He said the residents would undergo swab testing first before being subjected to clinical trials.

He also said choosing those who would be part of the trials is not focused in one barangay but the entire Cavite province.

Remulla also said it would take a month to know the result of the medical trials.

Asked if the matter has been coordinated with the Department of Health, Remulla said it was La Salle who coordinated with the health agency.

"I've been very clear, it's spearheaded by La Salle. La Salle has been in coordination with DOH but La Salle cannot do it on its own so they're partnering with us," the governor said.—AOL, GMA News