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Rappler's latest stories on vaccination


Full coronavirus vaccine unlikely by next year – expert

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:57 AM

'We have to live with this virus,' says epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet

Searching for a coronavirus vaccine: What PH clinical trials will look like

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines is looking at joining clinical trials as the 'best short-term strategy' for now as this will help ensure access to vaccines once proven to be effective

POTENTIAL CURE. An engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

PH eyes start of COVID-19 vaccine trials by October 2020

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The Philippines is currently in talks with the World Health Organization to join solidarity trials and is also collaborating with at least 5 other developers to test potential vaccines

CORONAVAC. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, a package of the experimental vaccine test for the coronavirus is pictured at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing, one of the vaccines being considered by the Philippines for trials. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Brazil to become testing ground for coronavirus vaccine

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Brazil, which is the primary global producer for yellow fever vaccines, is renowned for its expertise in vaccines

General view of a commercial street after it reopened, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 10, 2020. - Sao Paulo's municipality authorized the reopening of commercial streets under safety measures such as the use of alcohol gel and face masks. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Known as BNT162b1, it produces antibody responses at or above the levels seen in any convalescent serum – blood from people who have recovered – at relatively low doses

U.S. biotech firm Inovio reports encouraging virus vaccine results

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Inovio's vaccine, called INO-4800, is designed to inject DNA into a person so as to set off a specific immune system response against the coronavirus

House to set aside funds for COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 budget

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'What if there is a vaccine and they won't supply unless you pay at once? So the funds should already be available in the budget,' says Speaker Alan Cayetano

SPECIAL SESSION. House of Representatives Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano on March 23, 2020, presides a special session to grant President Duterte additional powers to cope with the COVID-19 situation in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Anti-vaxxers seize virus moment to spread fake news

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Anti-vaxxers – a small but vocal group of people who don't believe in vaccinations – take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to multiply disinformation on social media

Brazil starts testing Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:19 AM

Known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, it is already being tested in volunteers in Britain, and is due to start being administered this week in South Africa, as well

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A customer's temperature is checked as she enters a shopping mall after it reopened, at Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2020. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

South Africa to start Africa's 1st coronavirus vaccine pilot

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:53 PM

South Africa is set to vaccinate 2,000 people with the vaccine known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. In this file photo, people wait to be screened during a testing drive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, on June 11, 2020. File photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP)

WHO eyes hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses before 2021

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:37 AM

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says researchers are working on more than 200 vaccine candidates around the world

Elderly, sick, essential workers will get virus vaccine first – U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Officials envision distributing COVID-19 in tiers, employing a decade-old methodology used for pandemic influenza

This picture taken on May 23, 2020 shows a laboratory technician holding a tray with doses of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Saraburi. - After conclusive results on mice, Thai scientists from the centre have begun testing a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate on monkeys, the phase before human trials. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Germany takes stake in vaccine firm CureVac

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The German government will invest 300 million euros ($337 million) to take a 23% stake in CureVac, one of the companies developing a coronavirus vaccine

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (L), and state secretary at the economic ministry Ulrich Nussbaum (R) attend a news conference with CureVac CEO Franz-Werner Haas (on the screen right) at the economy ministry in Berlin on June 15, 2020. - The German government is taking a 23 percent stake in the German company CureVac working on a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Markus Schreiber / POOL / AFP)

Scandals of the past bear down, as China races to find virus vaccine

Jun 13, 2020 - 8:30 PM

A leading Chinese academic says: 'I understand that people are eagerly waiting for a vaccine. But on a scientific point of view, we can't lower our criteria, even in an emergency'

TAINTED LABS. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, a package of the experimental vaccine test for the coronavirus is pictured at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine to enter final trial stage in July

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:33 PM

The US biotech company's vaccine effort is a global frontrunner, alongside a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford with AstraZeneca, which has also launched a large scale trial on 10,000 volunteers

[OPINION] Will a coronavirus vaccine reach developing countries in time?

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'In the sphere of public health, the Philippines and other developing nations should matter, despite our seeming irrelevance on the world stage'

AstraZeneca 'on track' to roll out virus vaccine in September

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:58 PM

'Our present assumption is that we will have the data by the end of the summer, by August, so in September we should know whether we have an effective vaccine or not,' says AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as U.N. calls for 'people's vaccine'

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:28 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a new vaccine against the coronavirus has to be available to everyone across the world

'PEOPLE'S VACCINE.' In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

Pharma chiefs see coronavirus vaccine by year-end, but challenges 'daunting'

May 29, 2020 - 10:11 AM

One of the biggest obstacles to putting out the amount needed could surprisingly be that there are not enough glass vials to store the doses in

MODEL. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, an engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Gov’t allows PH to join clinical trials for coronavirus vaccine

May 23, 2020 - 6:36 PM

The anti-coronavirus task force approves a proposal for two Taiwanese and two Chinese pharmaceuticals to test their potential vaccines for COVID-19 in the Philippines

TESTING. This picture taken on May 14, 2020 shows a researcher at Peking University's Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics conducting tests at their laboratory in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Oxford expands virus vaccine trial to older adults and children

May 22, 2020 - 9:05 PM

'We are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults, and to test whether it can provide protection in the wider population,' says the Oxford Vaccine Group

Astra gets $1 billion from U.S. to fund coronavirus vaccine

May 21, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The company says it is 'engaging with international organizations,' including the World Health Organization, 'for the fair allocation and distribution of the vaccine around the world'

Huge European rescue plans, vaccine hopes fuel virus optimism

May 19, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Global markets surge as Europe pushes towards normality

TRAVEL. Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station on May 4, 2020 in Milan, as Italy starts to ease its lockdown. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

China has 5th virus vaccine in human trial – official

May 16, 2020 - 11:31 AM

If all goes well, the 5 tests will complete the second phase of testing in July 2020

In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, an engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. - Sinovac Biotech, which is conducting one of the four clinical trials that have been authorised in China, has claimed great progress in its research and promising results among monkeys. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-China-vaccine,FOCUS by Patrick Baert

Global virus vaccine race heats up, but not without controversy

May 15, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Two US agencies warn that Chinese hackers were trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research – a claim Beijing rejects as 'smearing' its reputation

French fury after Sanofi says U.S. to get virus vaccine first

May 14, 2020 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) Sanofi's British CEO Paul Hudson say that if its efforts to find a vaccine pan out, he will supply the US government first because 'it's invested in taking the risk'

UNACCEPTABLE. File of the glass office building of the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi in Lyon, France. Photo by

U.S. says China trying to steal coronavirus vaccine as markets slump

May 14, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Asked about earlier reports that the US believed Chinese hackers were targeting US vaccine research, President Donald Trump replies: 'What else is new with China? What else is new? Tell me. I'm not happy with China.'

CHECK. A worker wearing a face mask checks passengers body temperatures and a health code on their phones in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

World leaders urge cooperation in vaccine hunt, raise $8 billion

May 05, 2020 - 1:12 AM

Major European powers, along with Japan and Canada, make the biggest pledges from around 40 countries, but there is no official US representation, weakening the event

PLEDGES. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attends an international videoconference on vaccination with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) at the Elysee Palace in Paris on the 49th day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool/AFP

South Africa starts coronavirus trial of TB vaccine

May 05, 2020 - 12:32 AM

Trials start in Cape Town, where BCG booster shots are administered to 250 healthcare workers, while another 250 receive a dummy formula, or placebo

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. In this file photo, health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Germany warns vaccine could take 'years'

May 04, 2020 - 5:01 PM

'I would be delighted if it was possible to achieve this in a few months,' German health minister Jens Spahn says. 'But it can also take years as there can of course be setbacks, as we have seen some with other vaccines.'

CORONAVIRUS. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, an engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

The latest in the global race for a coronavirus vaccine

Apr 26, 2020 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler compiles the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccine development as of May 2020

VACCINE DEVELOPMENT. In this file photo, Doctor Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19,, poses for a photograph using a microscope to look at bacteria containing coronavirus, Covid-19, DNA fragments, in a research lab at Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM) in London on February 10, 2020. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Experimental coronavirus drug remdesivir failed in human trial

Apr 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The study does not represent the final word on the matter, and there are several large-scale trials in advanced stages that should soon provide a clearer picture

ON TRIAL. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. Photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP

Duterte raises reward for coronavirus vaccine discovery to P50 million

Apr 24, 2020 - 10:16 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the bigger cash reward – 5 times more than what he initially offered – would 'embolden' Filipino scientists 'to work overtime to come up with a vaccine' against COVID-19

RESEARCH. Scientists from the University of the Philippines-Manila National Institutes of Health developed the first locally-made coronavirus test kits. Photo from DOST

U.S. vaccine expert says he was removed for opposing Trump-backed chloroquine

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:47 AM

'Sidelining me in the middle of this pandemic and placing politics and cronyism ahead of science puts lives at risk and stunts national efforts to safely and effectively address this urgent public health crisis,' Dr. Rick Bright says

TOUR. US President Donald Trump looks on during a tour of the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center March 3, 2020, in Bethesda, Maryland. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. failed to block U.N. coronavirus vaccine resolution

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The non-binding resolution irks the United States.... [for highlighting] the 'crucial leading role' of the World Health Organization, which President Donald Trump has strongly criticized

VIRUS REPLICATION. A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

U.N. member states demand 'equitable' access to future coronavirus vaccines

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:33 AM

The call for cooperation comes as research laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturers launch expensive efforts to develop vaccines and other therapeutics that could be critical in fighting the pandemic

TESTS. Vials displayed during a neutralizing antibody test on the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus at a Bio Safety Level (BSL) 3 laboratory at the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in Seoul.Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

China approves trials for two more coronavirus vaccines

Apr 15, 2020 - 4:04 PM

China now has 3 different clinical trials for 3 possible coronavirus vaccines in the works

A Chinese scientist works at a laboratory at the MIGAL Research Institute in Kiryat Shmona in the upper Galilee in northern Israel on March 1, 2020 where efforts are underway to produce a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus adapted from another for infectious bronchitis virus. JALAA MAREY / AFP

U.S. begins first human trial of coronavirus vaccine

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:41 AM

But it may be another year to 18 months before it becomes available, once it has passed more trial phases to prove it works and is safe

WORK. A lab technician works on a neutralizing antibody test on the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus at a Bio Safety Level (BSL) 3 laboratory at the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in Seoul. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

German biotech firm denies Trump $1 billion vaccine offer

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The report on Trump's offer sparks a furious response in Berlin – and a swift denial from the company

THE DON. US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 20, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Germany says coronavirus vaccine research not for sale

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) A newspaper claims that Trump is trying to secure exclusive rights to a potential vaccine against the global health threat, which is being worked on by biotech firm CureVac

TESTS. Vials displayed during a neutralizing antibody test on the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus at a Bio Safety Level (BSL) 3 laboratory at the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in Seoul.Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

A visual history of the global anti-vax movement

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:11 PM

Disinformation about vaccines has been around for hundreds of years

Visuals by Aleksandra Krasutskaya for Coda Story

WATCH: PH rising up from a year of outbreaks

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:10 PM

In 2019, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of measles and polio in the Philippines. How did this happen?

Makati achieves highest polio vaccine coverage rate in Metro Manila

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Metro Manila itself achieves more than 100% of the vaccination target, with children receiving the OPV, or 109.99% of the target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

How anti-vaxxers get around Instagram’s new hashtag controls

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Anti-vaccination users are hijacking sexual assault and abortion rights hashtags to spread their message

ANTI VAXXERS. Screenshot from animated illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story

McDonald's to host free polio vaccination hubs in NCR, Mindanao

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The Department of Health partners with McDonald's Philippines for the next rounds of the nationwide polio vaccination program

Second Ebola vaccine introduced in DR Congo

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Doctors Without Borders says the new vaccine, produced by a Belgian subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is aimed at protecting about 50,000 people over a period of 4 months

FIGHTING EBOLA. Photo from Johnson and Johnson at

Traveling? You may need to get a polio vaccine certificate – here’s how

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Several countries now require Filipino travelers to present proof that they’ve been vaccinated against the polio virus

Getting measles wipes out immune protection for other diseases

Nov 01, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Scientists says the findings 'means the (measles) vaccine is that much more valuable'

A child reacts during a Philippine Read Cross Measles Outbreak Vaccination Response in Baseco compound, a slum area in Manila on February 16, 2019. - A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

[PODCAST] Bakit kailangang magpabakuna?

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Bakit nagkaroon ng panibagong polio outbreak sa Pilipinas at paano ito maaayos?