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No link between Chinese COVID-19 jabs, resurgence of infections overseas — Palace

By Deighton Acuin

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Malacañang on Thursday denied that the reason for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in other countries is because of vaccination using jabs developed by China.

In a media briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said even countries that are administering western vaccine brands are also experiencing an infection surge.

“‘Wag na muna natin tanggapin ‘yang konklusyon na nagkakaroon ng resurgence sa mga bansa na ginagamit predominantly ay Chinese-made vaccines,” Roque said.

“I don’t think na may kinalaman ‘yung bakuna sa resurgence, kung hindi, siguro nagkakaroon sila ng false sense of security dahil marami nang nagbabakuna at nabakunahan, ay baka nagpapabaya na sila sa mask, hugas, iwas,” he added.

As of June 10, 7:37 p.m., the Philippines has received 10,329,050 COVID-19 vaccine doses. By the numbers, 7,500,000 doses from Sinovac Biotech, 2,556,000 from British firm AstraZeneca, 193,050 from American firm Pfizer-BioNTech, and 80,000 from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute.

According to the National Task Force against COVID-19, more than 2.2 million Pfizer jabs from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX global vaccine sharing pool are set to be delivered in the country.

To date, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,293,687 total infections along with 56,921 active cases, 1,214,454 recoveries, and 22,312 mortalities.

Meanwhile, in vaccination rollout, 4,632,826 have received the first dose while 1,691,722 have completed two doses.