China donates 100,000 Sinovac doses for PH troops, vaccine shipment to arrive on Feb. 23

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — China has increased its donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, strictly allocating 100,000 doses to protect Filipino troops from coronavirus, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday.

China will give a total of 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines to the Philippines. Roque said the doses are set to reach the country on Feb. 23, while the exact date of arrival of Pfizer vaccines from the COVAX facility is still unclear.

"Bagamat di pa natin alam ang eksaktong petsa ng pagdating ng bakuna galing sa Covax facility, ang bakuna galing Sinovac na galing China, nakaukit na sa bato ang pagdating. Feb. 23."

[Translation: While we don't know the exact date of the arrival of vaccines from the Covax facility, the arrival of Sinovac (vaccines) from China is already set in stone — Feb. 23.]

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Sinovac has yet to receive an emergency use authorization from the country's Food and Drug Administration.

Duterte has always made known his desire to have the police and the military included in the priority list. Last year, he pointed out that they need to be prioritized because he needs a "healthy" police and military forces.

The President also said early this year he wants free COVID-19 vaccination for soldiers and policemen, and their families.

Uniformed personnel are supposedly fourth in line to receive the limited vaccines based on the government's priority list.