A mother and her children wearing protective masks wait for COVID-19 swab collection at the Philippine Red Cross in Manila, the Philippines, Jan. 12, 2021. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

China-donated vaccines to arrive in Philippines on Sunday: embassy

The 600,000 doses of Sinovac-made vaccine CoronaVac donated by China will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday, the Chinese embassy said on Thursday.

“A friend in need is a friend indeed. The donation of vaccines is another testament to the solidarity as well as profound friendship and partnership between our two peoples and two countries,” Huang Xilian, ambassador of China to the Philippines, said on Facebook.

“I want to thank all those who have worked so hard in order to make this happen! I hope the vaccines will help kick off Philippines’ mass inoculation campaign to curb the pandemic and allow Filipinos’ life to return to normal at the earliest,” Huang said.

“Our friendship and partnership amid this pandemic will continue to grow and prosper as we fight against the pandemic hand in hand!” Huang said.

The Philippines has approved the emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine.