malaymail.com 04 May, 2021 16:30 am

Philippines’ Duterte gets Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine

Philippines’ Duterte gets Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine
MANILA, May 3 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte received his first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine Monday, weeks after saying he would waive his chance to get inoculated, as the country struggles to secure jabs amid a resurgence in infections. Officials said Duterte was given the vaccine made by...

Officials said Duterte was given the vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm—the same one secretly administered to members of his security team last year before any shot had been given regulatory approval.“I feel good and I have been expecting this shot, vaccination, a long time,” Duterte said as Duque, wearing a blue medical gown, mask, face shield and latex gloves, prepared to give the injection in front of the cameras.But last month the 76-year-old said he would forgo the opportunity to get vaccinated, arguing elderly people like him should not be prioritised.Photos posted on the Facebook page of a close aide showed a masked Duterte, wearing an unbuttoned denim shirt over a white T-shirt and braces—sitting in a chair as Health Secretary Francisco Duque injected him.

“He was vaccinated not only to protect his health from Covid-19 but also to encourage our citizens to get vaccinated,” Senator Christopher “Bong” Go posted.The Philippines is battling to bring down a spike in infections that has taken its caseload to more than a million, including more than 17,500 fatalities.

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