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75k Sinovac COVID-19 jabs from Qatar gov’t, Sinovac Biotech to help scale up vaccination campaign in BARMM

PASAY CITY -- Some 75,000 doses of donated Sinovac vaccines arrived in the Philippines via a Cathay Pacific flight on Wednesday, April 13.

The 50,000 doses were donated by the government of Qatar, while the 25,000 shots were given by Sinovac Biotech.

“This is one of our donations to the Philippines. The Philippines is an important country for us and it's our friend country,” Qatar Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Ali Ibrahim Al-Malki told reporters following the arrival of the vaccines.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. thanked the government of Qatar and Sinovac Biotech for the vaccine donations.

Galvez noted that these vaccines are crucial, as President Rodrigo Duterte appealed anew to BARMM officials to encourage their constituents to get the COVID-19 jab because of the region’s low inoculation coverage.

“This is very important for us, considering that the President has ordered the BARMM government to push up the coverage of their vaccination,” he said.

On Tuesday, Galvez met with BARMM officials to urge them to ramp up their region's vaccination output.

As of April 13, a total of 244,732,960 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the country. (National Task Force Against COVID-19)

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