Philippines to receive first COVID-19 vaccines, start inoculations next week - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Harry Roque, spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, said on Thursday the country will take delivery of its first COVID-19 vaccines at the weekend, allowing it to initiate its inoculation programme from next week, as reported This is Money.

  • A total of 600,000 doses of Sinovac Biotech's vaccine, donated by China, will arrive on Sunday, Roque said, adding that the vaccination programme "rolls out on Monday because our countrymen are excited."

  • The Philippines has ordered 25 million doses from Sinovac and while the country was supposed to receive its first batch on February 23, emergency use authorisation was only given this week.

  • Meanwhile, 10,000 doses of a vaccine developed by Sinopharm will arrive soon, under a "compassionate use" for Duterte's security detail.

  • Doses from AstraZeneca will arrive in March, Roque said, adding that "if we insisted on Western brands, we will still wait for its arrival."

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