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World China to Donate 500,000 Coronavirus Vaccine Doses to Philippines

04:30  17 january  2021
04:30  17 january  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday announced that China is planning to donate 500 , 000 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 “The State Councilor informed the Secretary of China ’s intention to donate 500 , 000 doses of vaccines to the Philippines , in keeping with President Xi’s

to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines , Manila officials said -- despite growing resistance there to Chinese -made Among other deals, the Philippines has already agreed to buy 25 million doses of Chinese company Sinovac's Coronavac, despite the jab not having been

(Bloomberg) --

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 09: Devotees are seen wearing facemasks and face shields to protect against COVID-19 as they hear mass outside Quiapo church to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2021 in Manila, Philippines. Due to the pandemic, authorities cancelled the annual © Photographer: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images AsiaPac MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 09: Devotees are seen wearing facemasks and face shields to protect against COVID-19 as they hear mass outside Quiapo church to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2021 in Manila, Philippines. Due to the pandemic, authorities cancelled the annual "traslacion", the country's largest religious event that draws millions of barefoot devotees who jostle one another to get close to the life-sized image of the "Black Nazarene" during a mosh-pit like procession around the Philippine capital. Instead, church leaders organized hourly masses at Manila's Quiapo church which houses the statue. Catholic devotees queued for the masses despite warnings from authorities to stay home amid the threat of the coronavirus. The Feast of the Black Nazarene is usually attended by as many as 6 million barefoot devotees and happens every January 9th. The Black Nazarene is a dark wood sculpture of Jesus brought to the Philippines in 1606 from Spain and considered miraculous by Filipino devotees. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

China will donate 500,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to the Philippines and vowed to accelerate infrastructure investment in the Southeast Asian nation as ties between the two improve.

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China will donate one million doses of its Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to Cambodia, the kingdom's strongman premier Hun Sen "Friend China is helping us with one million doses ," Hun Sun said in an audio message on his official Facebook page, adding that the doses will vaccinate 500 , 000 people.

The Philippine authorities are sending back around 500 Chinese tourists who came from Wuhan amid concerns of the deadly Coronavirus –which has seen confirmed cases in several countries–spreading. The Chinese tourists had been heading to the holiday destination of Boracay where they were

The pledge was made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday during meetings with Filipino counterpart Teodoro Locsin and President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, according to statements from Duterte’s office and the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs.

“The recovery of nations sits on the back of stronger economies,” Duterte said. “China plays a very key role in reviving our region’s economy. Let us do all we can to revive economic activities between the Philippines and China.”

Wang, who arrived in Manila on Friday, was on a week-long Southeast Asia trip that included stops in Indonesia and Myanmar. The Chinese foreign minister’s visit came amid lingering tensions in the South China Sea and ahead of the leadership change in the U.S.

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Any vaccine purchase by the Philippines , however, will have to undergo bidding process, he said. MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to prioritise buying COVID-19 vaccine to be made available by Russia or China , while taking a swipe at pharmaceutical

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China also agreed to provide a 500 million yuan ($77 million) grant to finance infrastructure projects among other things, according to the statements.

Philippines Says China Won’t Use Vaccine to Advance Sea Claims

Wang committed to completing China-funded infrastructure projects, saying agreements have been finalized on a $400 million bridge plan that will connect Samal Island to Duterte’s home city Davao, and a $940 million cargo railway project linking Subic Bay freeport zone and Clark airport.

“With our two nations’ abiding interest in regional stability and the security of our maritime commons, it behooves us to show our ability to rise to the challenge of managing differences peacefully and in accordance with law,” Locsin said.

(Updates with comments on infrastructure from first paragraph.)

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