Philippines begins COVID-19 vaccination drive as vaccines arrive from China

On February 28, the Philippines began the vaccination drive in the country against COVID-19 as over 600,000 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine from China.  

President Rodrigo Duterte himself was at the airport to receive the shipment from Sinovac. 

 “We welcome this day with high hopes of finally ending the Covid-19 pandemic in our country,” Duterte said. 

“With the added layer of protection provided by the vaccines, we expect a significant decrease in active Covid-19 cases, leading to less stringent community quarantine restrictions, increased economic activity and a greater sense of normalcy in the lives of our people,” Carlito Galvez, the government’s “vaccination czar”, said at the event. 

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