DUTERTE happy with Russia’s offer of free Covid-19 vaccine

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accepted the offer of Russia to supply the Philippines with its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once mass production starts.

In a public address in Davao City, Duterte said he is “very happy” by the news that Russia would provide vaccines free of charge.

“I am very happy because Russia is our friend. They’re going to give free vaccines. They didn’t say anything about paying for it. I think this is President Vladimir Putin’s way of helping us, by giving it for free,” he said.

He added that the Philippine government will accept it and talk about how much of a supply the country needs.
Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev on Friday said the country has developed an “effective and safe” vaccine created by the Gameleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology.
The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier conveyed its appreciation for Russia’s willingness to assist the Philippines, as well as its offer to supply the vaccine developed by Gamaleya.

The offer has been referred to relevant agencies for proper assessment and evaluation, DFA said.

During one of his state visits to Russia, Duterte said Putin told him that if he had any medical-related concerns, he is free to approach the Russian government.
Duterte visited Russia twice — in 2017 and 2019.
He said during the time I visited him: If you have a question on anything about medicines or cures, feel free to call me and anyone you’d like to be confined and treated here in Russia and we will help you develop the medicines that your country needs.
While other nations also offered to provide the Philippines with Covid-19 vaccines, Duterte said there is no certainty if it would be given for free.
He, however, feels Russia would not renege of its promise.
He also vowed to pay his debt of gratitude to Russia and keep their friendly ties. (PNA)

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