Malacañang on Tuesday said the Covid-19 vaccine Russia had offered to the Philippines still needed to pass Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards before being administered to the public.

On Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness to be the vaccine’s guinea pig, volunteering to be the first to get the anti-Covid shots to alleviate the public’s fears.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque told reporters in a virtual briefing: “Kinakailangan nating sundin ang batas na umiiral sa Pilipinas dahil walang gamot na ibibigay sa publiko na hindi dumadaan sa FDA.”

“Ang FDA naman po, hindi mag-i-issue ng permit to utilize ang isang gamot kung wala po ang clinical trial so dadaan din po ‘yan sa proseso natin ‘yan,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday (PH time) that the vaccine had gone through necessary tests and that one of his daughters was already vaccinated.

Many have questioned Russia’s vaccine development as it had not undergone massive human trials.

Duterte on Monday said he believed Putin.

“Ako, para ipakita ko sa kanila na nagtiwala ako at hindi sila nagkamali mag-offer… ako ang unang magpabakuna. Kung puwede sa akin, puwede sa lahat,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro