Palace on Sinovac vaccine: Nothing spectacular but proven safe

 By Deighton Acuin


Malacañang on Monday defended the government’s choice of coronavirus vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac, saying there is “nothing spectacular” with it and it is “proven safe."

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque claimed the Philippines is having a hard time of purchasing vaccines from western brands as rich countries already secured the majority of its future supplies.

Roque made this in response over the question posed by Senator Panfilo Lacson on why government officials seemed to be “dribbling” or disregarding other drug makers and just zeroing on Sinovac and CoronaVac vaccines.

“There’s nothing spectacular about Sinovac other than it’s proven safe and efficient—91.5% (efficacy rate) in at least 3 jurisdictions that we know of,” Roque said.

“At maski kung tanungin ang mga eksperto, ang mga vaccinologist eh inactivated po iyan ibig sabihin natural. Ito po ay pinahinang virus, which are the traditional vaccines that we have known for the past 300 years,” Roque added.

At the same virtual briefing, Malacañang announced that the government secured 25 doses of Sinovac vaccines with an expected delivery of initial batches by February.

This is on top of earlier secured deals with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and India’s Covovax.

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