- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque called the critics of Sinovac as ignorant
- Roque disclosed that the Sinovac is not the most expensive vaccine
- The spokesperson said China can easily give a lower price to countries they are friendly with
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque called out those who continue to criticize the government’s Sinovac vaccine deal.
The public continue to have differing opinions on the government’s decision to procure the China-made Sinovac vaccine. Some netizens and lawmakers have been consistent in asking about the government’s vaccine deal for 25 million doses of Sinovac. Even Senate President Tito Sotto disclosed that the preference for Sinovac will be discussed in a senate inquiry.
Amid the noise, Roque described the critics as ignorant. While he admitted he cannot reveal the actual price, the Sinovac vaccine is not the most expensive brand.
“Iyong mga kritiko ng gobyerno talaga, tira nang tira wala namang mga alam,” he said.
“Nasa gitna po ang presyo ng Sinovac, hindi po siya ang pinakamahal, mayroon pang dalawang brand na mas mahal kaysa po sa Sinovac,” Roque revealed.
The spokesperson added that China can easily dictate the price of the vaccine especially to countries they are friendly with.
“Iyan po ang presyong nakuha natin sa PRC [People’s Republic of China], kasi alam ninyo mga komunista, wala naman silang market price eh. Puwede silang mag-decide kung ikaw ay kaibigan na ibaba ang presyo at iyan po ang ginawa nila,” he said.
Earlier, Senate finance committee chair Sen. Sonny Angara disclosed information from the health department that Sinovac’s vaccine cost around P3,600 per 2 jabs.
In comparison, Pfizer’s vaccine, now used in the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries, cost P2,379 for 2 doses; AstraZeneca’s at P610 for 2 doses; Moderna’s at a higher P3,904 to P4,504, also for 2 doses; while Gamaleya’s is at P1,220 for 2 doses.