Up to 100 thousand Chinese in the Philippines, mostly POGO workers, have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
This was revealed yesterday by Teresita Ang See, president of the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies.
It was found out that the vaccination of POGO workers in the Philippines started in November in a single batch of 200,000 doses.
Ang See stressed that the vaccine against COVID-19 that was injected into Chinese POGO workers as well as members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) came from legitimate or official channels.
Meanwhile, Malacañang has a positive view of the information.
Although no reports have been received yet, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that means 100,000 possible carriers of the virus have been reduced in the country.
“Wala po akong impormasyon. Kung totoo man, eh ‘di mabuti! One hundred thousand less possible carriers of the COVID-19 virus,” said Roque.
(I have no information. If so, it’s good! One hundred thousand less possible carriers of the COVID-19 virus.)
But Roque also said that he could not answer how the vaccine got into the country and who got it.
100K Chinese in PH given COVID-19 vaccine
“Well, wala po akong kasagutan diyan ‘no. Ang sinasabi ko lang kung totoo ha pero of course, hindi ko kinukumpirma iyan ‘no – that’s a hundred thousand less possible carriers of COVID-19. Iyon lang po ang aking masasabi diyan,” said Roque.
(Well, I have no answer on that. I’m just saying if it’s true, of course, I’m not confirming that ‘no – that’s a hundred thousand less possible carriers of COVID-19. That’s all I can say there.)
Meanwhile, even the Ambassador to China, Chito Sta. Romana could not confirm whether the report was true that apart from the members of the Presidential Security Group, about 100,000 Chinese people were also vaccinated.
Yesterday, Roque lauded Presidential Security Group (PSG) members who received COVID-19 vaccines which were not approved by regulators, insisting it was clear proof that they are willing to risk their lives to protect President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ang mensahe po nila ay malinaw: magpapakamatay po sila sa Presidente, para sa Presidente para bigyan siya ng proteksiyon,” said Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque.
(Their message is clear: They will die for the President, to give him protection.)