The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has confirmed that his government has accepted Russia’s offer to receive vaccines against COVID-19 and stated that he himself would be the first to receive it.
Russia is hoping to begin mass production of the vaccine in October – President Vladimir Putin confirmed its registration on Tuesday – and has offered the Philippines to supply it or work with local companies to promote local manufacturing.
The Filipino executive has issued a declaration that it is ready to cooperate “with Russia on clinical trials, supply and manufacture of the vaccine” and in other areas that may be considered “relevant” to the “emergency”. global health, “according to the DPA news agency.
The President also welcomed this cooperation and offered to vaccinate the first dose in order to give the population confidence. “If it’s good for me, it’s good for everyone. If it’s not good for me, we have a problem,” he said in a public speech on Monday, according to the Philippine Star newspaper.
The Philippines is the Southeast Asian country hardest hit by the pandemic, accumulating 139,538 cases on Tuesday, including 2,987 in the last 24 hours. The death toll has risen to 2,312, according to official figures from the Ministry of Health, 19 more than on Monday.