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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 103: “Minadali” Nga Ba Ang COVID-19 Vaccine?

Dr. Philip Cruz is the Country Medical Director at Moderna UK. He has over 15 years of experience in medical affairs in the field of vaccines and pediatrics within the pharmaceutical industry, and has also worked for companies like GSK and AstraZeneca. A pediatrician by training, he is actively involved in clinical research, research and development and pharmaceutical medicine.

We talked about being at the forefront of researching vaccines for a global pandemic, what it took to develop the COVID-19 vaccines with efficiency and urgency, addressing common objections about COVID-19 vaccination, why COVID-19 denialism exists, communicating the science of vaccines, and more.

How to contact Dr. Philip:

  • Email (Moderna UK): media@modernatx.com

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 103 here:


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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.