- President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines can expect an additional 600,000 vaccine donation from China
- He revealed that it would bring China’s total vaccine donation to 1 million
- Duterte didn’t reveal further details but admitted that his personal preference is China’s Sinopharm
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that China is set to donate 400,000 more COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.
According to Duterte, China has made a commitment to donate an additional 400,000 from the initial 600,000 of Sinovac’s CoronaVac doses already delivered. This would bring their total donation to 1 million doses.
“China would give us another 400,000 making their donation to this country 1 million,” he said in a speech during the inauguration of two school buildings in Valenzuela City.
Duterte did not give any more details on the brand or deals of the donation. While China’s Sinovac was the country’s first vaccine supply, Duterte also earlier claimed that his personal reference was another China-made vaccine, Sinopharm.
He said during the same speech, “For those of you who’d opt to take that vaccine, fine with me. Wala sa akin iyan. Others might prefer other vaccine brands. The doctors are very discriminating. Ang akin is Sinopharm, China. Hindi masyado ako maano dyan sa produkto ng puti.”
Earlier, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said 1 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac will arrive this March under a PHP700-million purchase deal. With this delivery, it will definitely boost the country’s vaccine supply.
The President earlier expressed gratitude to China for the donated vaccines and added that he intends to visit Beijing to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping. He said a debt of gratitude should be paid with a personal visit.
Meanwhile, the Philippines has just received its first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines. Duterte also personally welcomed the arrival of the 487,200 doses.