MANILA, Philippines – President Rodgrio Duterte said on Monday that the Philippines is in Xi Jinping’s priority for COVID-19 vaccines.
The chief executive said that he had spoken to the Chinese president on the matter.
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Duterte included the said information in his fifth State of the Nation Address. This is as he forges ‘better ties’ with China.
“Four days ago, I made a plea to President Xi Jinping that if they have the vaccine, can they allow us to be the one of the first or if it is needed…” Duterte said.
He said that this will help the country normalize at a faster rate.
As of Monday, there are already at least 82,040 COVID-19 cases. Around 64% of the said cases are active cases.
In his speech, Duterte also assured the public to not despair. He clarified that the novel coronavirus vaccine is just around the corner.
PH joins COVAX to ensure priority for COVID-19 vaccines
Globally, there are 16.2 million individuals that have acquired the novel coronavirus.
This is after seven months through its spread from Wuhan, China.
The World Health Organization said that the vaccine will only come out by early January 2021.
Last week, Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac announced that they are now in the final phase of testing.
The said tests were administered to healthcare professionals in Brazil.
Adding to that, the Philippines also recently joined the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX).
The said group ensures that there is equal access among the countries for novel coronavirus vaccines.
In its preliminary stages, health experts will administer the vaccine to medical frontliners. Thereafter, at least 20% of the population shall acquire the vaccine.