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Philippines: President Duterte sends vaccine back to China

2021-05-08T16:19:07.623Z

China donated a thousand doses of Sinopharm's vaccine to the Philippines. Head of State Duterte has already been vaccinated with it. But after criticizing the vaccine, he now wants to give it back.



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The Philippine President Duterte vaccinated with Sinopharm

Photo: King Rodriguez / AP

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was vaccinated this week with the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine.

The doctor's appointment was broadcast live on television.

That should probably encourage people to follow his example and get protection against the coronavirus.

Instead, Duterte has been heavily criticized for choosing a vaccine that has not yet been approved by the country's regulatory authorities.

Duterte then asked China on Wednesday to take back the 1,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine donated by the People's Republic of the Philippines. The CNN reports. Duterte apologized to the public for receiving the unapproved vaccine dose. He told the Chinese ambassador to stop sending Sinopharm. "Just give us Sinovac, which everyone uses," he said, according to local media, referring to another Chinese vaccine that was used in the Philippines in February in an emergency.

There are different statements about the protective effect of the three vaccines Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSinoBIO from China.

Sinovac's vaccine achieved very different results: According to a study in Turkey, it is said to be 91 percent effective.

A survey in Indonesia landed at 65 percent.

And a study of more than 10,000 participants in Brazil came up with two different numbers: First, the researchers announced a success rate of 78 percent, a little later it was only 50.38 percent.

In the EU, the EU Medicines Agency (EMA) only recently started testing the vaccine from the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac.

According to the EMA, the data will now be evaluated using the accelerated procedure.

So far, only the corona vaccines from western manufacturers - those from Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson - have EU-wide approval.

The EU country Hungary also uses the vaccine from the Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm.

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Source: spiegel

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