Covid-19 Vaccines in the Philippines: a Meta-analysis | 82485

Health Economics & Outcome Research: Open Access

ISSN - 2471-268X


Covid-19 Vaccines in the Philippines: a Meta-analysis

Cababan, Mc Arthur L*, Catane, Gretchen V and Wilfred G. Alava

A year after since the identification of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its genome, an exceptional effort by the scientific community has led to the development of over 300 vaccine projects. Over 40 are now undergoing clinical evaluation, ten of these are in Phase III clinical trials, and seven of them have ended Phase III with positive results and were granted Emergency Used Authorization (EUA) in the Philippines. Existing data suggest that new vaccine candidates may be instrumental in protecting individuals and reducing the spread of pandemic. The conceptual and technological platforms exploited are diverse, and it is likely that different vaccines will show to be better suited to distinct groups of the human population. Moreover, it remains to be elucidated whether and to what extent the capacity of vaccines under evaluation and of unrelated vaccines such as BCG can increase immunological fitness by training innate immunity to SARS-CoV-2 and pathogen- agnostic protection. Due to the short development time and the novelty of the technologies adopted, these vaccines will be deployed with several unresolved issues that only the passage of time will permit to clarify. A meta-analysis model is used to study vaccine allocation that aims to minimize deaths while satisfying group prioritization for immediate vaccination. It is our tenet that in the long run more than one vaccine will be needed to ensure equitable global access, protection of diverse subjects and immunity against viral variants.