President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday dared Vice President Leni Robredo to get vaccinated first with the China-made Sinovac.
“She should be vaccinated first since she is in a hurry. She’s young, I am not. I have to defer to my doctors,” Duterte told the press during a briefing after he personally witnessed the arrival and turnover of the 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.
Duterte was responding to the statement of Robredo after the latter challenged him to be the first Filipino to be inoculated with the Chinese-made vaccine to boost public confidence in taking the risk of using it.
“It’s just a matter of time in getting the vaccines, it is for my self-preservation. I need to be vaccinated. If I don’t want to die, I should get one, I go around a lot, I meet so many people. The problem is I am still waiting for the go signal of my doctor,” Duterte said when asked if he’s willing to take Sinovac himself.
For his part, presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the whole country is rejoicing with the arrival of the vaccines from China.
“The pandemic is about to end with the arrival of the first batch of the vaccines in the country,” Roque added.
“We were all excited as the content of the aircraft serves as the hope as normalcy is expected to return in the lives of the people. This serves as hope and the light in our dark journey that lasted for almost one year now because of the lockdown and now there is light at the end of the tunnel, the vaccines,” he said.
Roque said that the vaccination of the health workers at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) will be shown to the public to encourage others to get inoculated.
“I will be vaccinated at PGH, together with the doctors and other health workers,” he said.