It would be “nonsense” for the Philippine government to choose China’s Sinovac vaccine when it only has an efficacy rate of 50 percent, according to Agusan del Norte Representative Lawrence Fortun.
He added the government “must not give in to any overture, pressure, or campaigning by the Chinese government, the Chinese embassy, or any of their proxies” and not settle for a vaccine that only has a 50 percent efficacy rate.
Fortun said, “It would be nonsense of Filipinos and of their government to choose the China vaccine at this point. Simply out of the question.”
Further, Fortun noted that no Filipino should allow oneself to be injected with the vaccine “which barely hurdled the minimum standards.”
Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Franklin Drilon have thumbed down Sinovac’s 50 percent efficacy rate.
Zubiri said an efficacy rate of 50 percent for a vaccine against coronavirus pandemic is “a joke” and is “totally unacceptable.”