Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) — China will donate half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, its State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced in a bilateral meeting with his Filipino counterpart, Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. on Saturday.
Wang informed Locsin of the Chinese government’s “intention” to donate the vaccines, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement after the closed-door meeting. No brand was mentioned.
The DFA added that the donation is “in keeping with” the earlier commitment made by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said the Philippines will be prioritized once a vaccine developed by China becomes available.
In the opening remarks covered by the media, Wang stressed the need for the two countries to plan how they can work together throughout the year.
“[I]n our discussion today, we will also share with you my old friend, China’s stocks and announcements of China’s decision regarding vaccine cooperation,” Wang said in Mandarin, according to the transcript provided by the DFA.
China also reportedly pledged a million doses to Cambodia and 300,000 to Myanmar as part of Wang’s Southeast Asia tour.