Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas already received the COVID-19 vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, Manila Times columnist Mon Tulfo has revealed.
In his March 18 column, Tulfo said he and Sinas received the vaccine together sometime in November 2020.
“Sinas will survive because he got injected with the Sinopharm vaccine along with this columnist in November last year. Sinas was inoculated with the smuggled vaccine along with his security escorts,” Tulfo said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) recently announced that Sinas tested positive for COVID-19.
Tulfo said he was told that getting Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine does not guarantee immunity from the virus.
“I learned from medical experts that one who has been inoculated with the anti-Covid vaccine could still contract the disease; but his chances of survival would be much greater than one who has not,” he said.
Tulfo previously admitted that he had applied to become a distributor of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed preference for Sinopharm’s vaccine, while members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) had been inoculated with the China-made jab.
Tulfo said Sinas might have felt there was no need for him to undergo screening when he visited Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro because he was inoculated with Sinopharm’s vaccine.
The PNP chief found out he was positive for COVID-19 while he was in the province.
“I’m no Sinas fan, but the PNP chief should be forgiven for that lapse since he thought that since he had already been vaccinated he would be immune,” Tulfo said.