President Rodrigo Duterte wants to witness the arrival of the 600,000 doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccines donated by the Chinese government to the Philippines, Malacañang said Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark with the expected arrival of the donated 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine in a week’s time.
“The President has said that he wants to be there when the initial shipment of Sinovac is delivered to the Philippines,” Roque said in a Palace press briefing.
Roque said the President has expressed a desire to witness the arrival of the donated Sinovac vaccines to show his gratitude to China, which he has described as the country’s BFF or best friend forever.
“Sa ating panahon ng pangangailangan, e talaga naman ang kaibigan nating Tsina ang unang nagpadala ng unang bakuna sa’tin. So hindi mo matatanggal sa Pilipino na tumanaw ng utang na loob (During our time of need, our friend China was the first to send us a vaccine. So we as Filipinos cannot avoid recognizing debt of gratitude),” he said.
He noted that a small ceremony might also be held during the arrival of the donated Sinovac vaccines.
“Barring any glitches, nais pong sumalubong nga ni Presidente at magkakaroon siguro ng konting seremonya dahil ito po ay donated ng (the President wants to welcome them and there might be a small ceremony because these are donated by the People’s Republic of China),” he added. PNA.GOV.PH