China commits to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Philippines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — China has pledged more donations and a stable supply of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines amid the increasing demand for these.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian made the promise in a speech during the inauguration of the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on Thursday.

"As the Philippines is facing an increasing demand for vaccines, we will donate more and substantively increase supply of vaccines to the Philippines," Huang said. "China and the Philippines are close neighbors. That cannot be separated and moved away."

He also mentioned how the Asian superpower helped the Philippines fight the spread of COVID-19 by donating test kits and personal protective equipment and deploying medical experts.

The Philippines' first supply of COVID-19 vaccine was donated by China, which President Rodrigo Duterte said helped the Philippines control the spread of COVID-19.

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To date, the Philippine government has received almost 33 million doses and over 17 million of which are China-made Sinovac.