President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday China would donate 400,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines to bring its total aid to a million jabs, proof of the close ties between the two nations under his leadership.
Duterte's announcement comes nearly a week after Manila received its first shipment of 600,000 vaccine doses courtesy of China's Sinovac.
"China will give us another 400 [thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines], making their donation to this country one million," Duterte said during a school building inauguration in Valenzuela City.
The President did not specify which vaccine brand China would donate but noted that he preferred to get the Sinopharm jab.
The Philippines started this week its COVID-19 vaccination program using Sinovac jabs and is expected to receive a second shipment of vaccines---487,200 doses of AstraZeneca shots courtesy of the COVAX global facility.
The country aims to inoculate all of its health workers this March.