Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

Among other deals, the Philippines has already agreed to buy 25 million doses of Chinese company Sinovac’s Coronavac, despite the jab not having been approved by regulators in China. – EPA pic, January 16, 2021.

BEIJING’S top diplomat pledged today to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said – despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about their efficacy.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is scrambling to lock in supplies of Covid-19 vaccines for the country’s 110 million people, after being criticised for being too slow off the mark in the global race to procure the drugs.

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