- Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco admitted he has apprehensions with the China-made Sinovac vaccine
- The local government of Navotas will only purchase three COVID-19 vaccine brands from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca
- Mayor Toby said an informal survey revealed that majority of residents only preferred the three brands
Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco expressed his hesitation in getting the China-made Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.
Amid the growing debates on the government’s inoculation program, Mayor Toby is one of those who admitted that he is afraid to get the controversial Sinovac vaccine.
“Kung ako, pasensya na, medyo takot ako dun sa Sinovac,” he told CNN Philippines’ The Final Word.
Mayor Toby disclosed that the Navotas local government also decided not to purchase the Sinovac vaccine because the majority of his constituents preferred three other vaccine brands. Based on an informal survey that the local government did this year, the residents preferred the brands from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.
“Those three are the vaccine brands that we will buy so our residents will have choices,” said Mayor Toby. He also revealed that he would be also choosing from any of the three COVID-19 brands for his inoculation.
According to a report by CNN, they quoted the efficacy rate of the following brands with Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines boast a 95% efficacy rate, while AstraZeneca’s is 70%.
Meanwhile, Sinovac has not yet released worldwide data which was recently found to have a 50.4% efficacy rate in Brazil, barely meeting the 50% to 60% threshold set by global authorities.
The Navotas City government secured a deal with AstraZeneca early this month for the purchase of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. They are also already preparing the ultra-low temperature freezers needed to store the Pfizer vaccine. The local government also acquired bio-refrigerators, single insulation transport coolers, power generators, and low-temperature freezers for the vaccine storage.