Filipino-Chinese biz group’s 500,000 Sinovac donations approved

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 9) -- Both the Chinese and Philippine governments have approved the donation of an additional 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by Filipino-Chinese businessmen, said Chinese Embassy’s chargé d’affaires Tan Qing Sheng on Wednesday.

The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) made the donation of additional vaccine doses made by Chinese firm Sinovac through a tripartite deal. The Chinese Embassy official added that the fresh supply is now under production.

The approval was announced during the 46th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China.

In ceremonies marking the event, FFCCCII president Henry Lim Bon Liong said he is hoping for economic revival once more people get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“The sooner we get more vaccinated, the sooner we can revive consumer confidence, rebuild business and restore economic growth. Let us not lose sight of the bigger picture which is the rise of our neighbor and soon the world’s largest economic power,” he said.

The donation of half a million doses by the business group will be on top of the 7.5 million shots of Sinovac’s CoronaVac that earlier arrived in the country.

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The Philippines has administered at least 5.96 million COVID-19 shots, with 1,520,788 vaccinees having received their second dose.

CNN Philippines' correspondent Lois Calderon contributed to this report