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Duterte Receives Sinopharm COVID Vaccine

As per his doctor's advice.
by Arianne Merez
May 3, 2021
Photo/s: Courtesy of Sen. Bong Go

(UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday received the first dose of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

Health Sec. Francisco Duque III administered the vaccine to the the 76-year-old leader.

"I feel good, and I've been expecting this shot, this vaccination a long time ago," Duterte said after the shot.

Earlier, Sen. Bong Go said the President can receive the Chinese-made jab as per his doctor's advice.

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Courtesy of Sen. Bong Go

President Duterte received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine even though it has yet to be authorized for emergency use in the country. So far, the vaccine has only been granted a "compassionate use" permit by the local Food and Drug Administration.

In March, the FDA said Sinopharm has applied for emergency use authorization in the Philippines,

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