The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Thursday pledged to donate more and sustain a steady supply of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines to the Philippines.
“As the Philippines is facing an increase in demand of vaccines, we will donate more and substantively increase the supply of vaccines to the Philippines,” Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said in a speech during the inauguration of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Project.
A total of 1.5 million doses of government procured Sinovac vaccine arrived on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 via Cebu Pacific flight 5J671.
One million more will arrive Friday, July 30.
Huang said this while citing China as the first country to donate test kits, personal protective equipment, vaccines, and dispatch a medical expert team to the country.
“China has been standing in solidarity with the Philippines in fighting the pandemic,” he said. “China and the Philippines are close neighbors that cannot be separated and moved away. As close neighbors, our good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation is a blessing for our two peoples and also for the region and beyond.”On Feb. 28, President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the turnover ceremony of the first 600,000 doses of the 1 million Sinovac vaccines donated by China to the Philippines at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.