Manila, 22 August 2021 (TDI): President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, thanked the Government of China for helping the Philippines in the battle of COVID-19 by providing medical aid to the Philippines. On Friday, a batch of Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Manila.
In a speech, President Rodrigo also said that the donation of medical supplies and equipment by China amid the surge of COVID-19 shows the cooperative friendly attitude of the state. The Ambassador of China to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, assured the support of his country to the Philippines in restoring its COVID-hit economy.
China’s role in giving COVID-19 vaccines
China has played a significant role in providing COVID-19 vaccines to the world. China has donated and sold COVID-19 vaccines to many countries and international organizations, while mainly focusing on many low- and middle-income countries.
China’s vaccines donations have primarily been through the COVAX facility, a global initiative to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. In addition to providing vaccines through COVAX, China has also made bilateral agreements with many countries to provide vaccines.