Tough times have a way of revealing who you can count on for support. Thus far, this has been depicted in how both, the Philippines and China have expressed and demonstrated their deepening and warming friendship and understanding between each other. Despite differences and even some disagreements on some issues surrounding the disputed waters of the South China Sea SCSChina is continuously showing its goodwill to the Philippines and vice-versa.
Some of the major contributions of the Chinese to the pandemic response of the Philippines include the continuous extension of well-needed livelihood and medical supplies to the Philippines through multi-channels. In terms of medical supplies and equipment, thus far, it has provided the Philippines with sets of high-flow humidifiers, ventilators,test kits, and over 1.
Also, a large of Chinese local government agencies, as well as enterprises and civil groups, have donated nearly 10 million pieces of PPE and other medical supplies to different local government units in the country. On top of that, the Chinese Embassy and consulates have donated more than 40, "Friendship Packages" containing assorted relief goods to Filipino families in need across the country to help them get through the economic crisis brought about by the pandemic.
However, a global vaccine supply shortage and hoarding of vaccines by rich western countries has made the sourcing of vaccines a complicated process.
Thankfully, China has extended its helping hand to the Philippines. This is on top of the 25 million doses of Sinovac vaccines secured by the Philippine government. According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, a total ofvaccine doses donated by the Chinese government to the country will arrive this Sunday.
From thedonated Sinovac vaccines,will be allocated for front-liners, while the remainingwill be for the military. The donation is part of the commitment made by Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to support Manila's pandemic response during his official visit to the Philippines on 15 January. The arrival of the Sinovac vaccines this Sunday 28 February will kickstart the immunisation program to curb the pandemic in the Philippines, which according to Roque can begin as early as 1 March Monday.
The landmark legislation is expected to expedite the procurement and administration of vaccines in the fight against COVID The Act also includes the creation of an indemnity fund to cover compensation for those who experience serious adverse effects to the vaccine. Roque also said that President Duterte will personally witness the arrival of the Sinovac vaccines donated by China. This is in recognition of the assistance provided by China to the Philippines amid the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.
He added that "it is a fine tradition between China and the Philippines to help each other in trying times. The Chinese ambassador further reiterated that such an act on the part of China serves as a testament to the "solidarity as well as profound friendship and partnership" between the two nations.
Time and again, China has demonstrated its sincerity and goodwill as a friend of the Philippines that can be relied upon for support in times of need despite all the noise coming from Sinophobic political personalities in the country. With the imminent arrival of COVID vaccines in the country, the challenge at the moment for the Philippines is to raise the level of trust and to convince Filipinos to come forward and be inoculated.
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Given the high level of vaccine hesitancy and paranoia among Filipinos, the massive fake news, misleading information, and half-truths about COVID vaccines especially against those vaccines developed and manufactured by the Chinese like Sinovac is not helping at all. All these, to a greater extent, have somewhat instilled fear, apprehension, and confusion in the hearts and minds of Filipinos, aggravating further the level of vaccine hesitancy and paranoia in the country.
For the national vaccination program to be successful, Filipinos need to believe that the Philippine government is doing its best to procure vaccines regardless of brand names that are not only cost-efficient but highly effective. Filipinos should be aware of the fact that all vaccines that enter the country will go through rigorous checking, careful evaluation, and painstakingly thorough regulatory review procedures by a panel of experts and by the Food and Drug Administration FDA even before they are given authorisation or approval for use to ensure safety and efficacy.
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Filipinos must trust the process and the experts in charge of ensuring that all vaccines, regardless of brand names and countries of origin, are safe and effective even before inoculation. Sinovac Biotech General Manager Helen Yang in a press briefing also shared that, thus far no fatalities or severe side effects were reported from the 12 countries using the Sinovac vaccine.
According to Yang, the common side effect is muscle pain in the area where the vaccine was injected due to the aluminium hydroxide which is adjuvant in the vaccine, and would disappear after a day. Just to note, Sinovac had been used for the inoculation of more than 40 million Chinese since Juneand thus far, there have been no adverse effects or deaths related to the vaccine.
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However, the Sinovac vaccine is not allowed to be administered to senior citizens at the moment. Sinovac thus far has a The Filipino public must understand that it is only through vaccination that the spread of the virus can be contained.
Only a successful vaccination program can help the country recover and win the fight against the COVID pandemic.
Hence, Filipinos should participate in the national vaccination program as it is the safest and quickest way to build herd immunity. COVID vaccines are the most viable, potent tool available at the moment to stop the pandemic. Vaccine Politics In The Philippines. in Subscribe. Today's Stories. Paid Content Subscribe Paid Content.