Filipino priest-scientist developing oral vaccine for COVID-19, new variants
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"We are developing two vaccines now—one for the original virus and we have some for the variants as well," sinabi ni Fr. Austriaco sa panayam sa kanya ng GMA News nitong Lunes, March 29, 2021.
"We genetically engineered this yeast so it will produce the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 in your body," ani Fr. Austriaco.
"I do not expect that an oral vaccine like this is going to have efficacies as high as mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, but my hope is, it is high enough that it will allow a Filipino not to go to a hospital if he gets sick."
"I'm imagining this vaccine as a second line booster vaccine. You have injected AstraZeneca or Sinovac, but now we give you this oral vaccine to keep it up," paliwanag ni Fr. Austriaco.
Isa raw kasi itong pill na maaaring ihalo sa tubig, gatas, beer o wine.
At dahil gawa ito sa yeast, hindi na kailangan pang naka-refrigerate ang gamot.
"Yeast is a living organism and lives in room temperature," ani Fr. Austriaco.
"You don't need a doctor, you don't need a nurse, you don't need an injector, you don't need a refrigerator."
"For our country, with more than 7,000 islands, millions of Filipinos in the bundok, how will you deliver the vaccine to them?"
"This yeast delivery system is very stable. You can put it to a box and you can carry it with you, take it on the boat, take it on the Babuyan islands without refrigerators," paliwanag pa ng priest-scientist.
"Earliest is maybe by Christmas, maybe we have studies from people, and if it works, I have to find someone to manufacture in the Philippines, and we have to figure out how to distribute it," sinabi ni Fr. Austriaco.
Lumobo na sa 747,288 ang total confirmed cases sa Pilipinas sa ngayon, at 13,297 sa bilang na ito ang binawian ng buhay.
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