A number of senators have gone on the record saying they are averse to the idea of being inoculated with “CoronaVac,” Sinovac’s anti-Covid19 vaccine.
“I, for one, won’t allow myself to be jabbed with the Sinovac vaccine for the simple reason that it only has an efficacy rate of some 50 percent,”
according to Senator Migs Zubiri in a recent ANC news interview.
Putting it plainly, out of 1,000 Filipinos who are injected with Sinovac, around 500 may still get infected with the virus.
“I would rather wait for Pfizer, Moderna, or even the Russian-made Sputnik vaccine but not Sinovac,” Zubiri was quoted as saying.
Zubiri was among several senators – notably Ping Lacson, Kiko Pangilinan, Grace Poe, Imee Marcos, Sonny Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian and Pia Cayetano – who questioned Malacanang’s apparent preference for Sinovac in spite of its low efficacy rate and costly price.
Lacson and Pangilinan were one in chiding the country’s vaccine planners for insisting on the purchase of Sinovac at P3,600 for two jabs, in contrast to the British-made AstraZeneca vaccine which sells for about P600.
Pangilinan pointed out that as such, AstraZeneca’s product should be the one being pushed by the government because is what tens of millions of ordinary workers, who are touted to be the backbone of the economy, can afford.
Zubiri said the quality of AstraZeneca’ product is also unassailable since no less than England’s Queen Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip, both of whom are nonagenarians, as well as dozens of members of Parliament had agreed to be immunized with the vaccine.
Lacson also found issue with the fact that the government seems to be prioritizing the purchase of vaccines from Sinovac, which is a private company, over the state-owned Sinopharm’s vaccine which is reputedly 79 percent effective.
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