1M Sinovac shots arrive in PH, officials bat for its efficacy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — Government officials are underscoring the efficacy of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccines as another shipment of one million shots made by the Chinese manufacturer arrived in the country on Monday.

The Philippines has so far received 12 million Sinovac shots through procurements and donations, accounting for the biggest chunk of its 17.45 million vaccine stock.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who received the shipment, said CoronaVac made by Sinovac remains effective against severe COVID-19 and deaths.

"Wala namang clinical data na yung Sinovac is hindi effective sa variant. Kung makikita natin ang kanyang efficacy in preventing death at severe cases nasa 94-95 (percent). Ang Sinovac ay 28 countries ang tumatanggap," Galvez said during the arrival ceremonies.

[Translation: There is no data that Sinovac is ineffective against variants. Its efficacy against death and severe cases is at 94 to 95 percent. There are 28 other countries accepting Sinovac.]

He responded to the recent remark of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon that the government should focus on procuring Pfizer vaccines instead of Sinovac which has a lower efficacy rate. Galvez said the public should listen to health experts instead of politicians when it comes to vaccines.

Sinovac remains the country's most "diligent" vaccine manufacturer, he added, saying that the firm has even accelerated its pace of delivery for the Philippines.

The government expects to hit the 10 million-mark of administered doses today.