Russia signify willingness to cooperate with PH in COVID-19 vaccine development

Russia signify willingness to cooperate with PH in COVID-19 vaccine development



Russia is reciprocating the act of friendship the Philippines has extended to them in time of global pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

The Russians have publicly signified their willingness to work with the Philippines in finding a vaccine against the coronavirus as it has called for unity and set aside differences in trying to find the cure to beat COVID-19.

Russia just commemorated Victory Day or the surrender of Nazi Germany 75 years ago.


Russian Ambassador to Manila Igor Khovaev
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Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev recalled how Soviet Union, the United States, and United Kingdom overcame differences and united to defeat Nazism during World War II.

Khovaev said there is no big or small country that can cope againstthe coronavirus on its own, he stressed the need for a multilateral cooperation among the different countries to beat the “common enemy.”

“We need to learn lessons of history… It should be a message to all of us. It’s high time to put aside all disputes, all differences, and concentrate our combined efforts in the struggle against common enemy,” Khovaev told reporters via Zoom.


“This evil can be defeated only if all of us combine our efforts.”

A top Russian research center is ready to cooperate with Philippine counterparts as it tries to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

The Russian embassy has already sent information to the Philippine Department of Science and Technology and recommended that the Philippine side establish direct contact with the Russian research center.
The Russian Ambassador said the Vektor State Virology and Biotechnology Center, located outside the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, is set to conduct trials soon.


“This institution is ready to cooperate with Philippine partners. As far as I know the vaccine elaborated by that scientific research institute should be verified, tested in the near future. So the Russian side is open for cooperation with Philippine partners in light [of] our fundamental approach: All of us need to combine our efforts,” Khovaev said.

The drug donation for COVID-19


Khovaev, revealed that the Philippines turned down the Russian pharmaceutical company’s donation of medicine for the treatment of COVID-19 – Cycloferon, but thanked the Russian company for its offer.

“This donation was not accepted because this medicine can be used against the virus diseases but after the study of all materials provided by the Russian company Polysan, the Philippine side made the conclusion that this medicine cannot be used against COVID-19. That’s why the donation was not accepted," the envoy said.
"But at the same time, the Philippine government conveyed its appreciation to the Russian company Polysian for its offer to donate this medicine. But it’s up to our Philippine partners. In any case, we respect any decision taken by the Philippine side,” Khovaev said.




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