‘We are extremely grateful’: Duterte accepts Russian vaccine offer

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“Maligayang-maligaya ako kasi ang Russia kaibigan natin ito. Hindi tayo kalaban. Wala tayong away sa Russia. Kaibigan natin. Ang ano nila is magbigay sila ng bakuna. Wala naman silang sinasabi “bayaran mo”,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during his talk to people on August 10.

“Ito tingin ko kay President Putin tulong niya sa atin, libre. Kaya ngayon tinatanggap natin at kung ano ang supply mag-usap pa kami kung ilan ang supply at kailangan natin ma — may clinical ano ‘yan, clinical studies na,” he added.

“Maghanap tayo ng Russian partner dito, papiliin sila natin ng tao so that they can work expeditiously. Maganda ang takbo ng kanilang tabang (tulong). We are extremely grateful,” the President said.

President Duterte also noted that he trusts Russia’s study in combatting COVID-19.

“Well, mag-injection muna tayo ng iilan tapos tignan natin ang resulta. Ang ano niyan is you will be given the vaccine and ang reaction ng katawan mo kung tatanggapin ba o hindi. Iyan ang ano diyan. So there will be volunteers. Ako, pagdating ng bakuna, in public, para walang satsat diyan, in public magpa-injection ako. Ako ‘yung maunang ma-eksperimentuhan. Okay para sa akin,” he said.

“Sabihin ko rin kay President Putin na tiwalang — malaki ang tiwala ko sa pag-aa — your studies in combatting COVID and I believe that the vaccine that you have produced is really good for humanity,” he said.

“Kaya ako para ipakita ko sa kanila na nagtiwala ako at hindi sila nagkamali nag-offer, ako pagdating, ‘yung doktor nila o doktor natin, ako ang unang magpabakuna. Tingnan natin kung puwede ba. Kung puwede sa akin, puwede sa lahat,” he added.

President Duterte also said the Philippines will will look into transfer of technology of the vaccine.

“Noong nagbisita ako sa kanya, sabi niya, “If you have a medical question mark on anything about medicines or cures, feel free to call me and anyone you would like to be confined and treated here in Russia, we will.” Iyan ang sabi niya, “And we will help you develop the — the medicines that your country needs”,” Duterte said.

“Sabi talaga niya wala lang follow-up kasi i-check — it would require a constant communication and exchange of ideas, eh napuputol because walang follow-up. I do not think that Russia would renege on its promise. And so I am asking the Secretary of Health to look for the best guy to be dealing the — with Russia in this area, the transfer of technology of the vaccine,” President Duterte noted.