Duterte takes ‘full responsibility’ for vaccine acquisition amid Sinovac concerns

President Rodrigo Duterte defended his government’s decision to buy 25 million doses of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine with an uncertain efficacy rate, telling the public that he would take full responsibility for any blunders in the planned national vaccination program.

Two senators, however, raised concerns over the country’s purchase of China’s Sinovac jabs which were just shown to be 50.4% effective in Brazil, passing global health authorities’ benchmark of 50% efficacy for coronavirus vaccines by a very slim margin.

The President also defended his vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., who has been seeking to allay the public’s fears that the Sinovac vaccine is less efficacious and significantly more expensive than other doses on the market.

Duterte also reiterated his confidence in his Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, recently accused by senators and other top officials of botching an acquisition deal with Pfizer for 10 million doses of its vaccine.

Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/01/14/2070387/duterte-takes-full-responsibility-vaccine-acquisition-amid-sinovac-concerns

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