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  • DOH: Only Sinovac can bare clinical trial results of COVID-19 vaccine

    DOH: Only Sinovac can bare clinical trial results of COVID-19 vaccine

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to release the late-stage clinical trial data China's Sinovac Biotech submitted to the agency, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. DOH spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 6:50PM
  • Duterte to personally welcome arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines

    Duterte to personally welcome arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines

    President Rodrigo Duterte will personally receive the arrival of the expected 3.5 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. Roque made the announcement two days after the government started its...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 6:00PM
  • Gatchalian volunteers to receive Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine shot

    Gatchalian volunteers to receive Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine shot

    Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has volunteered to receive a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China's Sinovac Biotech to help address the high vaccine hesitancy in the country. In a statement on Tuesday, Gatchalian said that he is willing to get a...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 2:15PM
  • House health panel chair gets first dose of Sinovac vaccine

    House health panel chair gets first dose of Sinovac vaccine

    House committee on health chairperson and Quezon Representative Angelina "Helen" Tan was inoculated with China's Sinovac vaccine on Tuesday. Tan received the first dose of the CoronaVac vaccine at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) as part...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 1:57PM
  • FDA confirms: Sinopharm finally applies for emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccines

    FDA confirms: Sinopharm finally applies for emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccines

    MANILA - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday confirmed that China state-owned Sinopharm has finally applied for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines. "An online application was filed yesterday afternoon and...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 1:10PM
  • DOH: 13 adverse events recorded on first day of vaccine rollout

    DOH: 13 adverse events recorded on first day of vaccine rollout

    Thirteen adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were recorded on the first day of the rollout of vaccines from China's Sinovac, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the adverse events...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 11:13AM
  • Philippines inoculates 756 in first day of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

    Philippines inoculates 756 in first day of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

    MANILA - A total of 756 people received their COVID-19 vaccine on the country's first day of inoculation, which was "quite satisfactory," Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday. The Philippines received its first legal coronavirus shots...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 11:12AM
  • Contrary to Duterte claim, China also brought vaccines to Cambodia via gov't plane

    Contrary to Duterte claim, China also brought vaccines to Cambodia via gov't plane

    Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the Philippines was the only country that China had ever delivered COVID-19 vaccines to, a Chinese military transport had flown a batch of Sinopharm vaccines to Cambodia on February 7 - three weeks...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 11:39PM
  • Due to supply issues, Chinese vaccines gaining momentum in developing countries: Galvez

    Due to supply issues, Chinese vaccines gaining momentum in developing countries: Galvez

    MANILA - The Philippines' vaccine czar on Monday said more developing countries are availing of COVID-19 vaccines made in China due to the lack of supply of Western vaccines. "Ang Chinese vaccines are gaining momentum in many developing countries,"...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 10:06PM
  • More regions ask for doses after doctors in NCR get vaccines —Galvez

    More regions ask for doses after doctors in NCR get vaccines —Galvez

    Despite initial misgivings about the China-made Sinovac, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said more people have expressed intention to be vaccinated after seeing doctors get the jab. "Nakikita natin sa social na there are people who are excited," Galvez...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 9:36PM
  • Peso flat as delayed rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines offset arrival of Sinovac

    Peso flat as delayed rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines offset arrival of Sinovac

    The Philippine peso closed unchanged against its US counterpart on Monday, as the delayed rollout of vaccines from AstraZeneca offset the arrival of the first batch of doses from China. The local currency closed at P48.59:$1, the same as its finish...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 6:57PM
  • China vaccine donation does not affect territorial dispute –military

    China vaccine donation does not affect territorial dispute –military

    Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana said that China's COVID-19 vaccine donation to the Philippines did not alter the AFP's mandate to secure the country's West Philippine Sea (WPS) territories. "We have to...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 3:32PM
  • Price of China's Sinovac donation? Roque says it's 'unquantifiable'

    Price of China's Sinovac donation? Roque says it's 'unquantifiable'

    Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque did not give the cost of 600,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that the Chinese government donated to the Philippines, saying such donation cannot be quantified. "Hindi po puwede ma-quantify in money terms....

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 1:00PM
  • Galvez gets Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at PGH

    Galvez gets Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at PGH

    Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday received the coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac. Galvez was among the first few Filipinos to get the vaccine at the Philippine General Hospital, where a ceremony was held to boost...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 12:45PM
  • 100 PGH staff to get Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on first day of rollout — exec

    100 PGH staff to get Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on first day of rollout — exec

    One hundred Philippine General Hospital (PGH) personnel are expected to receive the coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac on Monday, hospital director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said. The PGH executive said 96 individuals were vaccinated in an...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 12:35PM
  • PH, Sinovac eye delivery of 1 million vaccine doses this month: exec

    PH, Sinovac eye delivery of 1 million vaccine doses this month: exec

    MANILA - The Philippine government and China's Sinovac Biotech are negotiating the delivery of another 1 million doses of CoronaVac, the firm's general manager said Monday. Manila on Sunday received 600,000 shots of Sinovac's jab as a donation from...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 11:17AM
  • Philippines begins COVID-19 vaccination drive

    Philippines begins COVID-19 vaccination drive

    MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - The Philippines began Monday its immunization program against COVID-19, with healthworkers getting the first jabs of China's Sinovac vaccine. The country, which has the second-highest number of virus cases in Southeast Asia,...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 9:40AM
  • Duterte mulls looser quarantine in NCR once PH gets 2 million COVID-19 shots

    Duterte mulls looser quarantine in NCR once PH gets 2 million COVID-19 shots

    MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he was considering easing pandemic curbs in Metro Manila to boost the country's battered economy once the Philippines secures a stock of at least 2 million COVID-19 shots. The Philippines...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 28 February 2021, 8:59PM
  • Some Marikina health workers disinclined vs Sinovac vaccine

    Some Marikina health workers disinclined vs Sinovac vaccine

    Some health workers in Marikina City were not inclined to get the COVID-19 vaccine of China's Sinovac Biotech, Mayor Marcy Teodoro said. According to Dano Tingcungco's report on "24 Oras Weekend" on Sunday, Teodoro said some health workers want to...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 8:51PM
  • Duterte: China donated COVID-19 vaccines with no strings attached

    Duterte: China donated COVID-19 vaccines with no strings attached

    China's donation of 600,000 doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines did not come with strings attached, said President Rodrigo Duterte. The President made the assurance after the arrival ceremony of the 600,000 doses at the Villamor...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 7:55PM
  • COVID-19 vaccines on their way to MetroPac in Marikina

    COVID-19 vaccines on their way to MetroPac in Marikina

    China's donation of 600,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from Sinovac is being transported to the MetroPac Movers, Inc. in Barangay Concepcion Uno in Marikina City where it will be stored prior to deployment to hospitals. The COVID-19 vaccine doses...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 6:42PM
  • Duterte wants to go to China, thank Xi for COVID-19 shots

    Duterte wants to go to China, thank Xi for COVID-19 shots

    MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he intended to visit China and thank his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for donating to the Philippines its first official supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Duterte welcomed in person the arrival of...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 28 February 2021, 6:30PM
  • Duterte wants China visit to thank Xi Jinping for Sinovac donation

    Duterte wants China visit to thank Xi Jinping for Sinovac donation

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he wants to make a short visit to China "when everything has settled down" to personally thank Chinese President Xi Jinping for donating 600,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to the Philippines. "Towards the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 6:29PM
  • Duterte urges Pinoys not to fear science-backed COVID-19 vaccines

    Duterte urges Pinoys not to fear science-backed COVID-19 vaccines

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged Filipinos to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the Philippines welcomed its first shipment of vaccines from China's Sinovac. "To my fellow Filipinos: Please set your fears...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 6:06PM
  • Chinese Ambassador cites ‘deepening’ defense cooperation with Philippines after donating COVID vaccines

    Chinese Ambassador cites ‘deepening’ defense cooperation with Philippines after donating COVID vaccines

    Following the arrival of the 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines donated by the Chinese government, a Beijing representative over the week cited a "deepening" defense cooperation with the Philippines and its military. Chinese Ambassador to the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 6:04PM
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China

China is the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.4 billion in 2019. As a one-party state led by the Chinese Communist Party, the country is officially divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.