Philippines' Duterte apologises for taking unapproved China jab

# 06 May 2021 19:23 (UTC +04:00)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Chinese embassy to take back 1,000 donated Sinopharm vaccines, after he was criticised for taking the unapproved vaccine, APA reports citing BBC.

Mr Duterte said China should in future only send Sinovac vaccines - a separate Chinese vaccine which is in use in the Philippines.

Sinopharm has not yet been approved in the country.

Both Sinopharm and Sinovac are expected to receive World Health Organization approval this week.

Mr Duterte said he only got the Sinopharm shot under a compassionate-use clause, and that his doctors had advised him to get vaccinated.

"Don't follow my footsteps," Mr Duterte said, according to local media reports. "It's dangerous because there are no studies, it might not be good for the body. Just let me be the sole person to receive it."

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