Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian on Sunday vouched for the efficacy and effectiveness of the Sinovac vaccine which has already been tried and tested by millions of people not just in China but also in many other countries around the world.
Huang made this assurance during the arrival of the 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines that forms part of China’s donation to help the Philippines fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“Tens of millions of people in China and a host of countries have been inoculated with Chinese vaccines, and their efficacy and effectiveness have been well tested and proven,” the Chinese envoy later said in a post on his Facebook account.
Huang said he is delighted to join the turnover ceremony with no less than President Duterte in attendance to welcome the vaccine donations that arrived at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at around 4:10 pm onboard a Chinese military aircraft Xi’an Y-20.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Duterte for gracing this ceremony. My special thanks go to the teams from both sides who have been working round the clock to make it happen,” the Chinese diplomat said.
Furthermore, he expressed hope that the Philippines would be able to beat the virus and embrace economic recovery and normal life at an early date.
The Chinese-made vaccine is the first anti-COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in the country. The Philippines is also expecting the shipment of 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Manila soon.
The AstraZeneca vaccines are part of the first tranche of the more than 40 million allocated to the Philippines by the COVAX facility, a global collaboration that hastens the development, manufacture, and equitable distribution of vaccines to fight the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19.