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By Prince Golez

The government has no favoritism in choosing which coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine will be used in the government’s free coronavirus vaccination drive, Malacañang said.

“Hindi totoo na meron tayong pinapaburan na bakuna. Sa katunayan, wala talagang favoritism,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing Thursday.

What matters is, according to Roque, the vaccine is shown to be safe and effective.

“Ang importante lahat ng bakuna na ating gagamitin napatunayan ng FDA (Food and Drug Administration) na ligtas at epektibo,” the spokesperson said.

“Ang pinaguusapan lang po aling bakuna ang makakarating sa lalong mabilis na panahon dito sa Pilipinas,” he added.

Roque earlier said that only China’s Sinovac vaccine, which has a lower reported efficacy rate, would be available to the general public from February to June.

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