Roque: Duterte 'most hopeful' for China-made COVID-19 vaccine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — President Rodrigo Duterte is "most hopeful" about the COVID-19 vaccine that China is developing as a number of drug companies report progress on clinical trials, his spokesperson said on Thursday.

"The President is most hopeful with China, but he has also said that Johnson & Johnson is on track," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a media briefing.

China's Sinovac, which is on phase 3 of clinical trials, said it is interested to hold medical research and manufacture vaccines in the country. Meanwhile, local vaccine experts are reviewing the vaccine manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The Philippines is also waiting for Russia to submit more information on Sputnik V before holding clinical trials.

The Department of Health previously said there is no pressure for the vaccine experts panel to choose COVID-19 vaccines developed by China or Russia, the countries often mentioned by Duterte.