Rodrigo Duterte says there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19 in this video

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A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple YouTube and Facebook posts that claim it shows an announcement from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about a successful COVID-19 vaccine. The claim is false; the video shows Duterte stating that a successful vaccine had not yet been created for COVID-19 during a government press conference aired on July 21, 2020.

The video was published on YouTube here on July 21, 2020. It was viewed more than 10,000 times before it was removed.  

A screenshot of the misleading post taken on July 27, 2020

The eight-minute 23-second video features Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaking at a press conference. The Tagalog-language caption of the video states: "GOOD NEWS! PRESIDENT DUTERTE CONFIRMED THERE IS ALREADY A VACCINE FOR COVID-19!"

Identical videos were also shared here and here on Facebook alongside a similar claim about Duterte’s purported COVID-19 vaccine announcement.

The claim is false; in the video, Duterte urged people to wear a mask and follow social distancing rules because a COVID-19 vaccine was not yet available.  

The video in the misleading post was taken from this Philippine government video broadcast on July 21, 2020. The footage shows Duterte meeting with several officials and providing an update about the country’s COVID-19 response. 

A closer examination of the video in the misleading post and the original video found no comments from Duterte about a newly-developed COVID-19 vaccine. 

At the three-minute 48-second mark of the video in the misleading post, Duterte’s Tagalog-language remarks translate to English as: "Actually what I promised you before if there'd be -- what -- this vaccine. There is, in final trials."

At the five-minute one-second mark, he says: "So just wait a little more. For our plans, put it something like towards the end of the year. But if there is a thing that develops which is really good for you, I will be first -- I will take out loans."

At the five-minute 30-second mark, he states: "In the meantime, there's nothing. Not in America, Europe, not one for them or two, three. Social distancing, don't yell, don't stay too close to other people. Mask, America, Russia, all, China, mask, this is very important."

This official transcript and this report by state-run Philippine News Agency also do not contain references to Duterte making the purported announcement.

As of July 27, 2020, the World Health Organization maintains: “WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19 and will continue to provide updated information as soon research results become available.” 

More than 150 researchers worldwide were in the process of developing and testing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, AFP reported here on July 22.

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