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May 26, 2020 - Tuesday 4:05 AM by MDM

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has doused cold water on the probability that the so-called “Fabunan drug” can be considered an antidote to the novel coronavirus.

In a cease and desist order, the FDA said the drug, attributed to a family of Filipino doctors led by the US-based Ruben Fabunan Israel, has not applied for a certificate of product registration, which means it has no authorization from government.

Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergiere said the Department of Health (DOH) has also put the so-called drug under examination to determine the veracity of claims that it is effective as a cure to the virus as used in Zambales (where the Fabunans come from).

The DOH study came after Malacañang wanted to know if the Fabunan cocktail can work against the virus. Vergeire indicated that the drug has yet to be scientifically proven despite claims it is a “patented and proven drug” against the virus.

She said the DOH will be the first to announce if any scientifically-proven vaccine has been discovered.

President Duterte has also counseled Filipinos to stretch their patience and resilience while there is yet no cure for coronavirus.

Duterte warned these are still “dangerous and abnormal times.” “It lurks at every corner and at every space where people meet. It suffocates every human activity. Sadly, we may have to wait for months before reprieve comes.”

Duterte also expressed hope laboratories all over the world would be able to discover a cure to give a respite to humanity.

In the interim, he has advised his countrymen to observe quarantine measures.

This advice should be taken to heart by all Filipinos. We are still up to our necks in the swamps, clueless on whether or not a cure will be able to bail us out. As fate and necessity would have it, we cannot go on moving. We have to really stay where we are.