Duterte: The new coronavirus is the number one public enemy, and will give a 10 million prize to those who have developed the coronavirus vaccine
According to CNN reported on the 21st, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is investing more money to find a cure for the new coronavirus. He promised to provide a research fund for local scientists Individuals who can develop a new coronavirus vaccine will be awarded separately.
Harry Roque, a spokesman for the President of the Philippines, said on Tuesday: “We believe that the new coronavirus is currently the number one public enemy, not only in the Philippines but also globally. So the president announced that he will give a prize to those who have developed coronavirus vaccine 10 million Philippine pesos. “
In addition to this, Roque said, Duterte also promised to provide “substantial” funding to the laboratories of the National University of the Philippines-General Hospital of the Philippines to promote the development of treatments for this deadly disease. However, the specific amount has not been disclosed.
Dozens of pharmaceutical companies around the world are racing to develop a viable treatment method, although some experts say that these methods are unlikely to be launched in the next few months. At present, doctors are trying to treat patients with new coronavirus pneumonia with drugs for other diseases.
Several pharmaceutical companies in the United States and China have already begun clinical trials of possible treatments.
Neopneumonia is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which causes the severe acute respiratory syndrome. When a person infected with the virus coughs or sneezes, the disease spreads through droplets in the nose or mouth.
In order to prevent further infections, Duterte extended Luzon ’s blockade period to April 30, and it is unclear whether these strict rules will relax or continue.
The National University of the Philippines-General Hospital of the Philippines (PGH) is designated as one of the main referral hospitals for patients with new coronavirus pneumonia. Currently, PGH doctors are trying plasma therapy to treat critically ill patients. Scientists are testing whether they can use the antibodies produced by the recovered to help critically ill patients fight the virus. During this process, the plasma of the recovered person carries antibodies, and these antibodies will be injected into the patient’s body in order to increase the patient’s chance of recovery.
Some recovered patients with new coronavirus pneumonia, including Senators Sunny Angara and Miguel Zubiri, have already donated blood to support this treatment trial.