- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Chinese Embassy to take back 1,000 donated Sinopharm vaccines after being criticized for taking an unapproved vaccine.
- In response, Mr. Duterte said China should only send Sinovac vaccines - a separate Chinese vaccine in use in the Philippines.
- AstraZeneca and Sinovac are the only approved vaccines currently available in the country, and both are being administered to frontline workers and vulnerable groups.
- The WHO is likely to approve both Sinopharm and Sinovac this week.
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