Healthcare professionals working in Philippine General Hospital gathered last week in a protest, demanding “only the best”, in terms of vaccines.
Alliance of Health Workers president Robert Mendoza reported that some 2,500 to 3,000–comprising about half–employees do not want to receive the Sinovac jab due to its low efficacy of 50.4%. He urged the government to speed up deals with other manufacturers to provide better options, while keeping healthcare workers at the top of the prioritization list.
Filipino Nurses United chief Maristela Abenojar likewise announced that nurses were also not willing to get Sinovac, as it had only passed the second stage of clinical trials.
They also slammed the labor department’s previous proposal to the United Kingdom to deploy nurses in exchange for a supply of vaccine doses.
Even foreign affairs minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. preferred the Russian jab, expressing this sentiment on Twitter: “No, waiting for the Russian vaccine. I was waiting for what I earlier secured for the Philippines: 20 million doses of Pfizer but that ball was dropped. F***! After being pointed by my Russian friends to the accolades in Lancet journal, I’m going for Sputnik V.”
On Monday early this week, the first shipment of 600,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrived in the Philippines, a donation from the Chinese government.
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