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Mon Tulfo gets vaccinated with Sinopharm

February 23, 2021 - Tuesday 5:02 PM by Jose Ronald F. Siongco

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Broadcaster, newspaper columnist and Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy of the President to China Ramon ‘Mon’ T. Tulfo Jr. admitted he was already inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine last year.

In his column on Saturday, Tulfo confessed “I had myself vaccinated — along with some government officials whose names I won’t mention here — with the Sinopharm vaccine last October.”

Developed by China’s state-owned pharmaceutical company with an efficacy rate of 79.34 percent to 86 percent, he bared “some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were also injected with the same vaccine.” 

Refusing to reveal where he got it, he disclosed he had to risk his life and get the jab “ahead of the public” because “I have applied to be one of the distributors of the Sinopharm vaccine in the country.”

“I had left instructions with my family that if I died of the vaccine’s side effects, they would announce it to the public,” he said.

He added, “needless to say, my family hasn’t been vaccinated yet.”

Three weeks after he got the shot, Tulfo shared he informed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte “about its lack of troublesome side effects during my visit to him in December last year.”

On Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte prefers Sinopharm. 

“He has said na his preference is for Sinopharm,” he remarked during his press briefing.

Roque also announced that the Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization to Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine slated to arrive this week.

The Philippines is targeting to vaccinate around 50 million to 70 million Filipinos this year. MDM