A woman holds a small bottle labbeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC MANILA – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has approved the country’s participation in clinical trials for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. COVID-19, a disease spread through droplets when a person who has it coughs or sneezes, has infected more than five million people worldwide and killed 338,000. There were 13,777 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country./PN “The recommendations of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on the participation of the Philippines in the clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines are hereby approved,” the IATF-EID announced in its Resolution No. 39 released over the weekend. The Philippines is also part of the World Health Organization’s solidarity trial – a global effort to find a cure for the viral illness. According to the IATF-EID, the country will be collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China National Pharmaceutical Group or Sinopharm, as well as Taiwan’s Adimmune Corporation and Academia Sinica. President Rodrigo Duterte in his report to Congress last week mentioned that the DOST has been in talks with Chinese and Taiwanese organizations for possible clinical trials, as the world searchers for a cure or vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic. The policy-making body in the government’s coronavirus has tasked the Food and Drug Administration to help with the issuance of a permit for the conduct of clinical trials in the country. The vaccine being developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sinopharm and the Wuhan Institute of Virology has entered the second phase of clinical trials, with 96 people being given the experimental vaccine.
PIERRE-EMERICK Aubameyang has ripped into Spurs over their Carabao Cup humiliation by Colchester – and Arsenal fans love it.Mauricio Pochrettino’s team were dumped out by the League Two side on penalties after a goalless draw, continuing their wretched form that has seen them slump to seventh in the Premier League.Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura were the unlucky pair to miss from 12 yards as Spurs fell at the first hurdle of a competition that they reached the final of only seven months ago.2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had fun at Spurs’ expenseThey’ve also made a stuttering start to their Champions League campaign, chucking away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Greek side Olympiakos last week.And Aubameyang has joined in with the general good cheer amongst Gunners fans at the plight of their great rivals by “liking” a post from a supporter on Instagram that said: “Like if you’re laughing at Spurs.”The Gabon forward has made a brilliant start to his season, netting six goals in six league games during the Gunners’ solid if unremarkable first half-dozen games.Unai Emery’s team travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Monday looking to break their duck on a ground where they haven’t won in the league since 2006.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneTottenham meanwhile are preparing to face Southampton as they attempt to kick-start their season.Following their shocking loss to the League Two side, Pochettino conceded that a lack of harmony within the dressing room is contributing to his team’s troubles.He said: “Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra. It’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad.”2Saturday Premier League preview including Sheffield United vs Liverpool and Everton vs Man City