Brief: Philippines' Duterte May Take Russia Coronavirus Vaccine

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has suggested that he may be injected with a coronavirus vaccine made by Russia that the country claims is "quite effective, helps develop immunity and has gone through all the necessary trials." Duterte earlier volunteered to participate in trials for the vaccine, even as scientists and health experts globally voice skepticism on its safety and effectiveness. According to the Philippines' government official news-wire, which quoted the country's presidential spokesman, Duterte may be injected with the vaccine in as early as May 2021.

The Philippines has agreed to be one of the countries that'll take part in trials for the Russian coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine, named Sputnik V, was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in cooperation with the Russian defence ministry.