Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved for general use last week – but was used in the Philippines as far back as September last year. Photo: Xinhua Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved for general use last week – but was used in the Philippines as far back as September last year. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved for general use last week – but was used in the Philippines as far back as September last year. Photo: Xinhua
Maria Siow
Opinion

Opinion

Maria Siow

China must explain its role in Philippines coronavirus vaccine scandal

  • President Rodrigo Duterte’s security detail received unapproved Chinese-made Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine doses in September last year
  • Manila is investigating, but Beijing must also clarify, which will help address concerns about its vaccines and commitment to a shared community of health

Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved for general use last week – but was used in the Philippines as far back as September last year. Photo: Xinhua Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved for general use last week – but was used in the Philippines as far back as September last year. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine was approved for general use last week – but was used in the Philippines as far back as September last year. Photo: Xinhua
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Maria Siow

Maria Siow

Maria Siow is a long-time China-based correspondent and analyst with keen interest in East Asia. Maria has a masters degree in international relations.