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Sinovac costs only around P650 per dose, Roque assures

 By Deighton Acuin

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As the actual pricing could not be disclosed yet, vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac only costs P650 per dose, same pricing imposed from in other countries, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assured Sunday.

In an interview over Dobol B sa News TV, Roque explained why the government still not disclosing the exact price to the public.

"Ang presyo kasi ng Tsina, hindi gaya ng ibang kompanya na kapitalista na market dictated. Ang presyo ng Tsina puwede nilang baguhin. Wala silang pakialam, depende kung sino ang bibili," Roque said.

"'Yun ang dahilan kung bakit ayaw ipa-anunsiyo mismo ng Tsina kasi nga baka magalit 'yung hindi nila masyadong BFF na alam nilang bumili nang mas mahal," Roque added.

However, Roque said each dose of Sinovac costs more or less P650 only, same as the price in Indonesia and in contrast with reports that the vaccine costs P3,600.

"Fake news 'yung kumakalat na P3,600 per dose daw ang singil ng China. Ang ating presyo, bagamat hindi pa puwedeng i-anunsiyo talaga kung ano talaga ang presyo ng Sinovac ay hindi lalayo sa presyo ng Indonesia na bandang P650 kada turok," he said.

Roque defended the government anew for choosing Sinovac, pointing out that even it has 50% rate of efficacy in Brazil, it caused no hospitalizations to the people who got inoculated.

"Doon sa Brazil napatunayan na sa 50% na posibleng magka-COVID, 78% mild asymptomatic na hindi na kailangan magpatingin sa doktor, at 100% walang naoospital. 'Di ba napakaganda rin noon? Bakit natin tatanggihan?" he said.


"Bakit tayo mag-aantay sa isa na darating pa sa end of the year? Kung nakakahawa na ang normal variant, mas nakakahawa ngayon. Bakit naman tayo magsusugal sa ating kalusugan samantalang nandiyan na ang proteksiyon?" he added.

After a state visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced the donation of 500,000 doses of Chinese vaccines to the Philippines.

Roque said these are already part of the 23 million vaccines the Philippines is procuring in total.

"Kasama na 'yan doon sa bulto ng 23 million. So ibig sabihin lang hindi na natin kailangan bayaran 'yung 500,000 doon sa 23 million na in-order natin. 22,500,000 na lang ang babayaran natin," he said.

He, however, did not specify the brand of the vaccine to be donated by China.

"Doon sa kasunduan ay hindi naka-specify, pero kung ano 'yung maaprubahan na sa lalong mabilis na panahon ng EUA, dahil pareho namang state-owned ang Sinopharm and Sinovac," he said.

The government targets to vaccinate 50-70 million individuals this year, with an expected number of 50,000 to be vaccinated next month.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the vaccine manufactured by American corporation Pfizer could be the first that will be used against COVID-19 in the country as the COVAX Facility will have an early rollout of the said brand.


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