Many in the Philippines, including members of the military, have already received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, President Rodrigo Duterte said, despite regulators having yet to approve any vaccines for use in the country.
The chief executive made the comment at a meeting at Malacañan as he addressed Food and Drug Administration Director-General Eric Domingo.
The President said, “(And I tell you, there have been many who have been injected with Sinopharm. And don’t look at me because I don’t know you.)”
The FDA chief said the agency has not caught anyone with the vaccine in three raids conducted in Makati and Binondo.
After he asked Domingo if it would be possible to combine the Pfizer vaccine with that of Sinopharm, Duterte said, “Let me tell you, many have already been injected with Sinopharm.”
Senators have cast fear over the reported 50-percent effectivity rate of the Sinopharm vaccine in trials in Brazil.