No price tag for Sinovac jabs

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UNQUANTIFIABLE is how a top Malacañang official described the cost of 600,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that the Chinese government donated to the Philippines.

At the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where the legal vaccine shot was conducted marking day one of the government’s mass inoculation, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that such donation cannot be quantified.

“Hindi po puwede ma-quantify in money terms. Ang gusto lang po nila (China), mabakunahan na ang mga Pilipino laban sa COVID-19. This is beyond pesos and cents. It gives Filipinos hope. It goes beyond kung magkano man per vial niyan,” said Roque, who added that China’s donation is about ending the COVID-19 pandemic in solidarity with other nations.

“Matatapos na po ang paghihinagpis at pagdurusa natin sa COVID-19. Unquantifiable po [ang value nitong donation],” he added.

The government pandemic response team has earlier been at the receiving end of nasty remarks over a wide disparity on the price of the China-made vaccines which were submitted in December by the Department of Health to the Senate. The document had Sinovac carrying a price tag of over P3,600, which is six times more than what the Indonesian government paid for Sinovac vaccines.

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