Duterte to skip Philippine trial of Russia virus vaccine Aug 14, 2020 0 426 12345 AFPManilaThe Philippines will begin large-scale human testing of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine in October, but President Rodrigo Duterte will not receive the inoculation until regulators guarantee its safety, his spokesman said Thursday.Duterte had offered himself up as a guinea pig for the very first jab, expressing “huge trust” in the vaccine, despite growing scepticism about its effectiveness.But his spokesman Harry Roque said the president was scheduled to receive the vaccine no earlier than May 1 -- weeks after the Russian-funded Phase 3 clinical trial in the archipelago is due to end in March.The country’s Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the vaccine -- developed by the Gamaleya research institute and the Russian defence ministry -- in April.“May 1 is when the PSG (presidential security group) may allow him, once all requisite tests have been finished,” Roque told reporters.Moscow says it has developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus and is in the final stage of tests involving 2,000 people.Roque said Philippine experts will review next month the results of Russia’s Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials before the Southeast Asian country starts its Phase 3 testing.“We will do it simultaneously with Russia,” Roque said.Philippine officials from the science and technology department met with Gamaleya on Wednesday to discuss the protocols for the trial of the vaccine, which is dubbed “Sputnik V” after the pioneering Soviet satellite of the 1950s.The Philippines has logged the highest number of confirmed infections in Southeast Asia with more than 147,500 cases and over 2,400 deaths. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Lebanon assembly ratifies state of emergency after deadly blast Aug 14, 2020 0 2064 India seeks to counter China sway in Maldives with bridge project Aug 14, 2020 0 475 Taliban inmates danger ‘to the world’: Afghan president Aug 14, 2020 0 410 55 confirmed dead after south India landslide New Delhi Fifty-five bodies have been recovered by rescuers in southern India’s Kerala state as efforts continued to find 15 people who are unaccounted for after last week’s landslide, a local official said. Heavy .. Israel and UAE to normalise ties in US-brokered deal AFP Dubai Israel and the UAE agreed Thursday to normalise ties in a US-brokered deal, only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation, in which it pledged to halt annexation of Palestinian lands. .. Pakistan launches vaccination drive to rebuild immunity against polio DPA Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday launched a vaccination campaign against polio to protect tens of thousands of children from the crippling disease after months of suspension due to coronavirus outbreak. The .. 33 dead in Niger floods Abidjan Thirty-three people in Niger have died and more than 80,000 have been affected by floods caused by heavy rains, the country’s emergency services said on Thursday. The worst-hit regions are Maradi in .. Africa to see slower rises in virus cases after reopening: WHO AFP Johannesburg Africa will continue see new coronavirus cases as countries begin to reopen lockdown-devastated economies, but increases will not be exponential, the head of the African branch of the World Health ..