By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Manila Bulletin/PCOO

President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday China will donate 400,000 more coronavirus vaccine doses to the Philippines.

Duterte did not mention which brand China will donate this time. The country earlier received 600,000 doses developed by China-based Sinovac Biotech.

The donated jabs were used to launch the country’s inoculation program last March 1.

“China would give us another 400 [thousand] making their donation to this country 1 million,” Duterte said during the inauguration of school buildings in Valenzuela City. 

This Thursday night, 487,200 vaccine doses developed by British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca through the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility will arrive in the country and Duterte himself will personally welcome the doses.

“Itong dumating na AstraZeneca donation rin ito ng WHO, it is the answer to their call that the rich nation must also fund the poor nation because no one is safe until everybody is safe,” Duterte said.

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