Philippines targets deal for Covid-19 vaccine

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The Philippines aims to finalise negotiations with Sinovac Biotech this week to acquire 25 million doses of the Chinese company’s Covid-19 vaccine. Delivery of vaccines is expected by March, a Coronavirus taskforce official said on Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has pursued warmer ties with Beijing, wants to inoculate all his country’s 108 million people, preferably buying vaccines from Russia or China. Philippine officials had met with Sinovac representatives on Friday and there would be another meeting this week to finalise a deal, Carlito Galvez, the country’s vaccine chief, said.— Reuters