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Additional donated vaccines arrive

More Sinovac vaccines arrive in Manila

MANILA – The second batch of the 400,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines arrived today at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian turned-over the vaccines Senate Committee on Health Chairman Christopher Lawrence T. Go, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III and National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) Vice Chair Vince Dizon from the IATF and the Department of Health.

Ambassador Huang said the additional donation highlights the deep friendship between the two countries and their peoples. The first batch of 600,000 vaccines arrived last February 28 and helped in the national vaccine roll-out.

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy said some 200,000 Filipinos have received the jabs, boosting the confidence in COVID-19 response and economic recovery.

“The Philippines is facing the challenge of resurgence of cases. Mass Vaccination is racing against time,” Ambassador Huang said.

The first batch of 1 million doses of Sinovac vaccines bought by the Philippine government will be delivered in the next few days and more Chinese vaccines will come earlier than expected.

The top Philippine officials in attendance expressed appreciation for the Chinese government’s efforts. They said the arrival of the vaccines is “another milestone” for the Philippines due to limited supply and the increasing COVID-19 positive cases. (Melo M. Acuña)

Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian (second from left), Senate Health Committee Chair Christopher Lawrence T. Go (second from right) and Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque (extreme right) and NTF Vice Chair Vince Dizon (extreme left) inspect the 400,000 Sinovac vaccines donated by China at the NAIA earlier today. (Chinese Embassy handout photos)

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