The Philippines will mount a P100-million project to study the performance of COVID-19 vaccines in real-world conditions as well as their effect on Filipinos, an official from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.
The research seeks to answer questions on the vaccines’ effects as determined by ethnicity and how long their efficacy would last on Filipinos.
The study which is expected to start in June will track around 1,000 individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“What they will do is, while vaccinations are ongoing, they will select participants and follow them for about a year or so to see what happens to them after inoculation,” DOST official said.
The official also highlighted the research will also aim to find out the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines over time, as current data is insufficient. It has yet to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The head of the Vaccine Expert Panel earlier said the COVID-19 vaccines that have been rolled out in the Philippines perform better in real-world conditions than in clinical trials.