China to donate 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to PH — Palace

Malacañang said Saturday that the Chinese government will donate 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines as the two countries reaffirmed ties and cooperation against the pandemic. Chinese State Counselor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (DFA OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT/ MANILA BULLETIN) The Office of the President (OP) made the statement as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi made a 40-minute courtesy call to President Duterte in Malacañang Saturday. In a statement, the OP said that Wang assured Duterte of China’s commitment to support the Philippines’ efforts to combat COVID-19, a disease that originated in Wuhan, China. “He (Wang) announced that China will donate 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines. He likewise affirmed China’s resolve to do everything to ensure that vaccines become a global good,” Malacañang said. According to Malacañang, Duterte lauded the continued high-level engagement between the Philippines and China even amid the pandemic and stressed the importance of both sides delivering on the promises of the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation. Duterte stressed that cooperation on public health must be strengthened, particularly access to safe and effective vaccines, to safeguard the health of the people and in order to hasten the economic recovery of both nations and their neighboring countries. “The recovery of nations… sits on the back of stronger economies,” Duterte told Wang. “China plays a very key role in reviving our region’s economy. Let us do all we can to revive economic activities between the Philippines and China,” he added. Malacañang said that Duterte thanked China for its continuing support and cooperation in the country’s fight against COVID-19 in terms of medical equipment and supplies and sharing of experiences and expertise as well as in the repatriation of Filipinos. Economic cooperation Wang declared that China will continue to support the Philippines’ recovery through enhanced economic cooperation. He likewise reiterated his country’s determination to complete pending infrastructure projects. The Palace said that Wang underscored China’s commitment under President Xi Jinping to work closely with the Philippines to sustain the positive trajectory of the valued and special bilateral relations. At the start of his presidency in 2016, Duterte has expressed his desire to build stronger relations with China — even temporarily setting aside the country’s victory over the West Philippine Sea in The Hague to make it happen......»»

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China to donate 400,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, Duterte says

President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that China will be donating 400,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines on top of its earlier donation of 600,000 doses of CoronaVac developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd......»»

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China to donate 500,000 vaccine doses to Philippines

The Chinese government has committed to donate 500,000 doses of vaccines for COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday......»»

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60K vaccine doses for Region 7’s healthcare workers

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Central Visayas would need around 60,000 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines to vaccinate all of the healthcare workers in the region. But so far, only 24,680 vials of CoronaVac, the COVID-19 vaccine brand from China’s Sinovac, have been delivered here. Central Visayas kicked off its initial COVID-19 inoculation program […] The post 60K vaccine doses for Region 7’s healthcare workers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Rody: Sino trip fitting gesture for donation

Malacañang said Wednesday President Rodrigo Duterte might visit China this year or before his term ends to personally thank Chinese President Xi Jinping for the 600,000 doses of Sinovac-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines donated to the Philippines......»»

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Palace says AstraZeneca jabs arriving March 4; vaccine czar not so sure

Initial doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccines will finally arrive on Thursday, March 4, a few days after the missed arrival date that the administration announced over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

NAIA Customs on full alert for fake vaccines

The Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now on full alert for possible entry of fake COVID-19 vaccines, after the bureau immediately released the first shipment of 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines from China that arrived Sunday afternoon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

Philippines to buy 1 million doses of Sinovac this March

One million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinovac of China will arrive within the month under a P700-million purchase deal that is set to boost the country’s initial stock of 600,000 doses of the same brand donated by Beijing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

Sinovac sets off vax rollout

President Duterte welcomed the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China, saying he was confident that more doses would soon be available “until every Filipino will be given the chance to be vaccinated.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2021

PH receives first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from China

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines received its first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, with the arrival of 600,000 doses of the vaccine made by China-based drugmaker Sinovac Biotech. The military aircraft from China carrying the Sinovac vaccine doses donated by the government of China touched down at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City […] The post PH receives first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from China appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2021

Vaccine rollout hangs

The country’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac is expected to arrive Sunday, but their rollout will have to wait until the allocation of the 600,000 doses is firmed up, Malacañang said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021

Sinovac jabs arriving Sunday

Some 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinovac of China will arrive on Sunday, the Chinese embassy announced yesterday......»»

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PH to receive 600,000 Sinovac doses on Feb. 23

BY ARGYLL GEDUCOS The Philippines is set to receive 600,000 doses of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac on February 23, Malacañang announced Thursday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement as the government prepares for the rollout of its vaccination plan against COVID-19 starting next week. In his Thursday presser, Roque said […].....»»

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KFC Philippines to donate vaccines to government

KFC Philippines has joined the GoNegosyo-initiated private-sector campaign to bring into the country ample doses of COVID-19 vaccines in support of the government’s massive inoculation program to speed up socioeconomic recovery......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

China& rsquo;s vaccine internationalism

As far back as September 2020, rich countries have already bought up more than half of the projected production of COVID-19 vaccines. Canada reserved vaccine doses that were five times more than its population, the US reserved for four times its population and the UK, three times its population......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

We re fighting COVID-19 with foreign loans

News reports since last year have been constantly telling us that the government has been ramping up testing, contact tracing and treatment for the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the government has been trying to get as many doses of vaccines from several countries as possible, such as the US, China and UK, in order to acquire herd immunity from the disease and allow us to return to what's been described as the “new normal.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

Diplomatic protest vs China coast guard law won t affect vax procurement — Palace

The Philippines' diplomatic protest against a law that allows the Chinese coast guard to fire on foreign vessels won't affect the purchase of China-made COVID-19 vaccines, Malacañang said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

PH gets P3.72-B grant, 500K vaccine doses from China

China on Saturday provided a 500-million renminbi (P3.72-billion) grant to the Philippines to bankroll various livelihood and infrastructure projects, which might also be used to finance the Duterte administration’s COVID-19 response, and promised to donate 500,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the vaccine donation during a 40-minute meeting with […] The post PH gets P3.72-B grant, 500K vaccine doses from China appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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China won t use COVID-19 as leverage, Palace and envoy assure public

Manila's envoy to Beijing on Monday sought to allay fears that China is using its candidate COVID-19 vaccines to secure concessions from the Philippines, especially not on the issue of the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Palace welcomes LGU initiative to buy Covid-19 vaccines

MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday welcomed plans made by some local government units (LGUs) to purchase doses of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines but reminded them that the national government has allocated funds for 60 to 70 percent of the country’s population. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron said […].....»»

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Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020