Philippines' Duterte Apologises For Taking Unapproved China Jab

Philippines' Duterte Apologises For Taking Unapproved China Jab

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.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • 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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