President Rodrigo Duterte last night received his first shot of Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopharm.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go went live on Facebook to show Duterte getting inoculated with Sinopharm. He was vaccinated by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“I feel good. I have been expecting this shot vaccination a long time ago,” Duterte said in the livestream on Go’s Facebook page.
Duterte said it took his physician “a long time” to assess which vaccine brand to get.
“Sinopharm itong tinuturok sa akin (Sinopharm is what I am being inoculated with),” he added.
In a separate statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s first dose was covered by the Compassionate Use Permit issued to the Presidential Security Group hospital by the Food and Drug Administration.
In his previous speeches, Duterte has been vocal about his preference to receive a Sinopharm vaccine.
The Palace earlier denied rumors that Duterte has already been administered with a Covid-19 vaccine.
To recall, the PSG admitted to vaccinating some of its members with Sinopharm in September and October 2020.
Despite initially wanting it done in private, Duterte agreed to get vaccinated for Covid-19 in public to boost vaccine confidence among Filipinos.
He earlier said he was willing to waive his Covid-19 vaccine slot, but Malacañang said that his “personal conviction” may change when more vaccine supplies arrive in the country.
China approved the Sinopharm vaccine for general public use last December after the developer said the vaccine showed 79.34 percent efficacy based on an interim analysis of late-stage clinical trials.
The FDA said Sinopharm has a pending application for emergency use authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine.*PNA