China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Philippines

Updated: Mar 2, 2021 Xinhua Print
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A staff member unloads vaccines donated by China at a Philippine Air Force base in Manila, the Philippines on Feb. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA -- A batch of Sinovac vaccine CoronaVac donated by China arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, the first COVID-19 vaccine to reach the Southeast Asian country.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attended the handover ceremony of the vaccines at a Philippine Air Force base in the capital city of Manila.

The delivery of the vaccines allows the Philippines to start mass vaccinations soon, marking a new phase in the country's fight against the COVID-19 that infected 576,352 and killed 12,318.

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