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Sara nixes Sinovac, Sinopharm jabs for Davao City

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Davao City – Mayor Sara Duterte last week raised vigorous objections to the continued delivery by the national government of Chinese-made anti-Covid19 vaccines (such as Sinovac and Sinopharm) due to the “low acceptability” among the residents here.

She reportedly told the government to send to Davao City the US-made Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that are allegedly more reliable in fending off the virus.


The World Health Organization (WHO) had previously reported that Sinovac has a glaringly low level of efficacy (51 percent) compared to Pfizer and Moderna’s 90 percent efficacy rate.


This marks the very first time that Mayor Duterte, the daughter of President Duterte, has publicly disputed the policies of Malacanang – in this particular instance, disparaging the Chinese vaccines being overwhelmingly favored by the government for still-unexplained reasons.


As of Sept. 20, the IATF said the country has already acquired 65 million vaccine doses from various sources, more than half of which (or 36 million) are Sinovac.


Ms. Duterte was quoted on national television last week as saying that she is strongly advising the Inter-Agency Covid19 Task Force (IATF) to stop sending such Chinese vaccines to Davao City because this is contributing largely to the vaccine hesitancy among Davao residents, instead of contributing to the success of the national vaccination drive.


Ms. Duterte explained that Davaoenos are quite intelligent and very well know what is good for them, which is why their preference leans towards vaccines manufactured by more experienced pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, etc.


“We have a moral responsibility to let the IATF know what is happening on the ground…so stop buying and stop sending Sinovac and Sinopharm,” she declared.


IATF officials however told Mayor Duterte that local government units “do not have the luxury of choice” as far as vaccine brands are concerned, especially since global stocks are running low and literally billions of people haven’t received even a single dose.

Photo: Gavi, The Vaccine Allieance/ New Strait Times


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