China to donate 500K doses of Covid vax, Duterte told

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CHINA will be donating 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the Philippine government

State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi made the commitment during his meeting with President Duterte on Sunday.

In a statement, Malacañang said Wang made the gesture to affirm the Chinese government’s support for the administration’s anti-Covid-19 measures.

Duterte welcomed the donation, which he said will go a long way in facilitating the economic recovery of the country and Asia.

“China plays a very key role in reviving our region’s economy. Let us do all we can to revive economic activities between the Philippines and China,” Duterte said.

Chief implementer of the government’s national policy on Covid-19 Carlito G. Galvez earlier said they were able to secure an agreement with Chinese drug maker, Sinovac, for the purchase of 25 million doses of its vaccine. An initial 50,000 of the ordered vaccines are expected to arrive next month.

Besides the vaccine, Duterte and Yi discussed the completion this week of the terms of the local infrastructure projects, which are being funded by the Chinese government.

These projects include the Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project and the Subic-Clark Railway Project.

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