Malacañang on Sunday rejected claims that the vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. costs P3,600 per dose, insisting that they were cheaper than other options.
In a radio interview over dzBB, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the national government bought Sinovac vaccines for a price close to the P650 per dose offered to Indonesia.
“I can assure you that the claim that China is charging P3,600 per dose is fake news. While I cannot announce the price of Sinovac, it’s not far from the price given to Indonesia, which is about P650 per dose,” he said in Filipino.
Roque reiterated that China was hesitant to have the former announce the prices of their vaccines as they might be compared to prices in other countries.
Last week, he said the vaccines developed by Sinovac were sold to the Philippines at a “BFF” price.
“The prices of China are not like other capitalist countries that are market-dictated. China can change their price, they don’t care who buys them. And that’s the reason why China doesn’t want to announce the actual price because other countries which are not their BFF might get angry,” he said.
He also brushed aside senators’ calls to reconsider its decision to purchase Sinovac vaccines, citing President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that he would take responsibility for the health and safety of all Filipinos.
“The President said the senators can say what they want to say. But in the end, it is the President who is ultimately going to be responsible to the people. Fake news will come out, but in the end, the President will implement [what is right] because it is good for the people,” he said.According to Roque, the government was not favoring any vaccine supplier, but it was just a matter of which vaccine brands come first. SOVEREIGNPH