Chinese donated vaccines worth P403 million
MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the vaccination of medical frontline workers will continue today after its successful kickoff yesterday at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, Lung Center of the Philippines, Veterans Memorial Medical Center with defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and the AFP Medical Center, known as V. Luna Medical Center and the PNP General Hospital.
Reporting to President Rodrigo Duterte on his “Talk to the People” late Monday night, Secretary Duque said government hospitals as well as private health facilities will also have their inoculation activities.
Speaking of the first vaccines to arrive from China last Sunday, Secretary Duque said the 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines is worth P403 million.
“It would mean each dose would cost US$14,” Secretary Duque said.
Meanwhile, Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said he was surprised to receive word from St. Luke’s Medical Center requesting for 5,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines.
“St. Luke’s Medical Center earlier wanted to have Pfizer vaccines. I received a text message from Dr. Peña (Dr. Arturo S. De La Peña/St. Luke’s Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer), requesting for 5,000 doses for their personnel,” Secretary Galvez told President Duterte.
“We will have a mini-rollout for St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon and Taguig cities,” he added. (Melo M. Acuña)
Sinovac vaccines about to be unloaded from China's Xi-an Y20 cargo jet late Sunday afternoon. (PCOO Photo)