Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has pinned his hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic on a vaccine. In his public remarks, he’s primed Filipinos to expect this vaccine will be ready in a few months and normalcy is just around the corner.
But what do vaccine experts say is a realistic expectation for the vaccine and its impact?
Even if a vaccine proves safe and effective and is approved for distribution, there’s still a long way to go.
Rappler reporter Pia Ranada talks to government infectious disease expert Dr Jaime Montoya and Switzerland-based vaccinologist Dr Melvin Sanicas about the process it will take for a vaccine to get to the Philippines and how Duterte can affect that process.
Listen to other Seat of Power episodes:
- Episode 1: COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response
- Episode 2: Duterte’s hands all over ABS-CBN franchise rejection
- Episode 3: The frightening future of Duterte’s anti-terror law
- Episode 4: Duterte’s 2020 SONA in 5 minutes
- Episode 5: What happens if Duterte gets COVID-19?
- Episode 6: Duterte, Trump, Bolsonaro: The ‘medical populists’
- Episode 7: Pandemic leadership: Duterte vs Leni
- Episode 8: Duterte’s secretive Malacañang
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