Two Chinese pharmaceutical firms plan to apply this week for their Covid-19 vaccines to be cleared for emergency use in the Philippines, according to a top diplomat, while President Rodrigo Duterte has blocked his security chief from appearing in a Senate inquiry on vaccines.

Chito Sta. Romana, the Philippines’ ambassador to China, on Monday said state-owned Sinopharm (also known as the China National Pharmaceutical Group) and private firm Sinovac Biotech planned to make the application to the…


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