- President Rodrigo Duterte already got vaccinated against COVID-19
- Under the advice of his doctors, he got the Sinopharm vaccine
- The China-made vaccine has yet to be granted by FDA an emergency use authorization but it earlier issued a compassionate special permit
President Rodrigo Duterte finally got vaccinated with the China-made Sinopharm vaccine.
The President’s vaccination was aired live on the Facebook page of Senator Bong Go. It was Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who administered the vaccine to the president with Go by his side.
“I feel good and I have been expecting this shot, vaccination a long time ago,” Duterte said in the video.
According to Duterte, the decision to choose the Sinopharm vaccine was as per the advice of his doctors. He said it took his doctor a long time to make an assessment before recommending that he get Sinopharm.
The Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to grant an emergency use authorization on the Sinopharm vaccine. However, it was previously given a compassionate special permit for use by the Presidential Security Group.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the President’s first dose was “covered by the compassionate use permit issued to the PSG ho
spital by the FDA.”
Go announced, “Nitong Lunes, Mayo 3, binakunahan si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kontra COVID-19. Si DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III mismo ang nag-administer ng bakuna sa Pangulo sa Malacañang Palace. Sinopharm ang ginamit sa kanya, ayon sa desisyon rin ng kanyang mga doktor.”
The decision for the President to get vaccinated was also to help encourage the public to have confidence in the vaccine.
“Ayon kay Tatay Digong, nagpabakuna siya para hindi lang maprotektahan ang kanyang kalusugan mula sa COVID-19, kundi para rin hikayatin ang ating mga mamamayan na magpabakuna. Bilang isang senior citizen, kasama siya sa prayoridad na dapat mabakunahan,” Go went on.
Go reminded the public to not be scared to get vaccinated; instead, they should be more worried about the spread of COVID-19.