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Philippines President Duterte offers reward to any citizen for coronavirus vaccine

Christian Fernsby |
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a reward of almost $200,000 to any citizen who can develop a vaccine against coronavirus, local media reported on Tuesday.

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“COVID-19 is a public enemy not only in the Philippines but in the entire world; the President announced he will give a reward of up to 10 million Philippine peso [$197,092] to any Filipino who will discover a vaccine against COVID-19,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said at a news briefing, local daily Manila Bulletin reported.

Duterte’s offer came as coronavirus cases in the Philippines increased to 6,599 on Tuesday after 140 more people tested positive over the past 24 hours.

Nine more fatalities raised the death toll to 437, while recoveries reached 654 after 41 patients were discharged from hospitals, the Health Ministry said.

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