China donates 1M Sinopharm shots to PH, vaccines to arrive this week

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — The Chinese government is giving the Philippines an additional donation of one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines developed by state-owned Sinopharm.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian on Thursday said the shipment will arrive in the country on Friday and Saturday.

The Philippines' first supply of COVID-19 vaccine was donated by China. The Asian giant previously sent one million doses of Sinovac and 10,000 shots of Sinopharm to the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said China has not asked for anything in return when it donated COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines. "Except that their boats are there," he added, referring to the West Philippine Sea.

The emergency use authorization granted to the batch Sinopharm vaccines donated in June will still apply to the arriving shipment, Food and Drug Administration Eric Domingo said.