Despite preference for Russian, Chinese vaccines, will Duterte use Pfizer, AstraZeneca?

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Spread the love
FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the change of command ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao/File Photo

There are questions as to President Rodrigo Duterte’s willingness to take COVID-19 shots from US-based Pfizer or UK’s AstraZeneca.

The President previously said that his administration would prioritize coronavirus vaccines from Russia and China, as he accused Western pharmaceutical companies of making a profit from the on-going pandemic. 

However, only Pfizer and AstraZeneca have yet to secure emergency use authorizations for their vaccines, which are among the first expected to make their way into the Philippines. 

Duterte’s choice of vaccine “would have to be discussed by the President with his physician,” said Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

“He is under advice from his physician right now,” he said.

IRR out for Public Service Act

Spread the love

Spread the loveMANILA — The stage is set for greater foreign ownership of certain sectors as the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)