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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte defends purchase of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Manila has been vaccinated with 25 million Sinovac vaccines, the first of which are expected to arrive in February.

Duterte, who has pursued a warmer relationship with Beijing, previously said his country preferred to procure the COVID-19 vaccine from China or Russia.

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Sinovac Biotech has defended the safety and efficacy of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine after its announcement in Brazil. Including data from “very mild” cases, a Brazilian trial found only 50.4% effective in preventing symptomatological infections.

“The results of these Phase III clinical trials are sufficient to prove that the CoronaVac vaccine is safe and effective worldwide,” Sinovac Biotech Chairman Yin Weidong said at a press conference.

Last week, they said CoronaVac showed 78% efficacy in “mild to severe” cases.

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The news said Malaysia and Singapore, which have purchase agreements with Sinovac, will ask Chinese companies for more data on effective rates before approving and purchasing supplies.

Different countries used vaccines from the same batch in their trials, but countries do not have the same test protocol, he said.

Fragmentary disclosures from Sinovac trials, and disclosures from other Chinese vaccine studies, have raised concerns that they are not subject to the same public surveillance as US and European alternatives.

Data from Brazil have been released, just as Indonesia launched a vaccination campaign. President Joko Widodo was first vaccinated with Sinovac Coronavac.

Malaysia said Wednesday that it would only procure vaccines if they meet the safety and efficacy standards of local regulators. We purchased 14 million CoronaVacs with Sinovac and later signed a contract to manufacture them domestically.

Singapore, the only high-income country with which Sinovac has signed a contract, will look at official data when Sinovac releases and decide whether to approve it, rather than relying on previously reported effectiveness. Stated.

Thailand, which ordered two million CoronaVac doses, said it was still on track to receive and administer the vaccine starting next month, but added that it would seek information directly from Sinovac.

Former general Carlito Galvez, who was in charge of vaccine procurement in the Philippines, said the government has also closed a total of 137 million supply contracts with Novavax, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and the Gamaleya Institute in Russia.

According to Galvez, these are in addition to the 40 million doses the Philippines expects to receive through the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility in the first quarter.

The Philippines is one of the countries with the highest cases of coronavirus in Asia. We hope to inoculate 70 million people this year, or two-thirds of the population.

According to polls, less than one-third of Filipinos wanted to be vaccinated against the coronavirus because many have expressed concerns about safety. Philippine regulators have not yet approved the COVID-19 vaccine.

Reuters

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