[PODCAST] Duterte’s vaccine dreams vs reality

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[PODCAST] Duterte’s vaccine dreams vs reality
Medical experts Jaime Montoya and Melvin Sanicas provide a reality check to President Duterte's expectations on COVID-19 vaccines

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.

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