Remarks by Ambassador Huang Xilian at the Handover Ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccines donated by China to the Philippines

Your Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines,

Honorable Senator Christopher Lawrence Tesoro Go

Honorable Secretaries and Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


I am delighted to join all of you to witness the turnover of the 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by Chinese government to the Philippine government and also 100,000 doses donation from the Chinese Military to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. At the outset, I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Duterte for gracing this ceremony. My special thanks also go to the teams from both sides who have been working round the clock to make it happen. They share a same goal to implement important consensus between two heads of the state to ensure the Chinese vaccines benefit the Philippine people in the first place. I hope that the vaccines will help kick off the Philippines' mass inoculation campaign to curb the pandemic and allow Filipinos to return to normal life at the earliest.   


Recently, many friends called me for the arrival time of the Chinese  vaccines, and some friends even left messages in my social media account for the same information. Today, I am glad to share such significant moment with all of you in welcoming the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines. Sinovac vaccines have been inoculated in many countries and its safety and efficacy has been well tested. I believe that under the leadership of President Duterte, the Philippine government and people will overcome the pandemic at the earliest date.


Currently, the pandemic is still raging all over the world, and vaccine is the sharp weapon to win this battle. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to make any vaccine China develops a global public good. In the face of the vaccine deficit and vaccine nationalism, China, as always, is honoring its commitments in providing assistance and support to other developing countries, and works tirelessly to make vaccines a global public good accessible and affordable to people around the world. As of now, China has rendered vaccine assistance to 53 developing countries and is exporting vaccine to 27 countries. This has demonstrated China's determination to fight against the pandemic in the spirit of solidarity and to build a community with a shared future for mankind.


It is a fine tradition between China and the Philippines to help each other in trying times. Our two governments and peoples have helped each other and joined hands to fight the pandemic since the outbreak of the virus, forging a closer China-Philippines partnership. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Last year, President Xi in his phone conversation with President Duterte reiterated that as a friendly neighbor, China certainly considers the Philippines' need of COVID-19 vaccines as a priority. Despite the increasing domestic need of vaccines, China has decided to donate vaccines to the Philippines and more Chinese vaccines procured by the Philippine government will surely come soon as expected. This once again highlights China's sense of responsibility, credibility, morality and mission as a major country. It not only shows the solidarity, friendship and partnership between our two countries and peoples, but also signifies the intent of both militaries in jointly fighting against COVID-19 and deepening our defense cooperation.


China was among the first to contain the virus and restore economic growth, and is embarking on a new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country. As a Chinese saying goes, good neighbors are well-wishers for each other. As a good friend, neighbor and partner of the Philippines, we sincerely hope that the Philippines could control the pandemic to embrace economic recovery and normal life at the earliest date. China will continue to do its utmost to support the Philippines until it secures the final victory. I believe that our friendship and partnership will also continue to grow and prosper as we fight against the pandemic hand in hand!


No winter lasts forever, every spring is sure to follow. I hope that China and the Philippines would beat the virus and resume a prosperous development at an early date. I hope that new progress would be made for the China-Philippines Partnership in the new era. I hope that all countries around the world could fight the pandemic in solidarity to build a global community of health for all and win the final victory of the global fight against the pandemic.


Thank you and Mabuhay!

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