President Rodrigo Duterte thanked China for supporting the fight against Covid-19 after a batch of Sinopharm vaccines
donated by the Chinese government arrived in Manila on Friday.
“My deepest gratitude goes to China for the various Covid-19 assistance extended in the past, including the donation of vital medical supplies and equipment and the provision to the technical support of Coivd-19 response,” Duterte said in a speech at the virtual ceremony welcoming the vaccines totalling 739,200 doses.
“These initiatives are indeed a testament of the goodwill of the Chinese government and the deep, strong relations between the Philippines and China,” he added.
Duterte said the additional Sinopharm doses would boost the Philippines’ efforts to ramp up its vaccination rollout.
“We are receiving these life-saving vaccines with much gratitude and high hopes as we continue our fight against the Covid-19,” Duterte added.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian vowed to continue to help the Philippines fight the Covid-19.
“This difficult time highlights our friendship and partnership between our two nations and two peoples,” Huang said, adding that China is “committed to continuing this cooperation with the Philippines and providing more vaccines to help defeat the virus and revitalize the economy.”
China was the first to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the Philippines. It donated the first batch of CoronaVac to Manila on Feb. 28, allowing the country to kick off its vaccination drive on March 1. As of Friday, China has been the biggest supplier of Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines.