China gives 50 more ventilators to PH

THE Chinese Embassy in Manila yesterday said 50 more ventilators are expected to arrive next week to the Philippines to support government's efforts to manage COVID-19 pandemic.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said in a CNN Philippines interview that Manila and Beijing had been coordinating on strategies to address the spread of the respiratory disease even at  the early stages of the pandemic.

A total of 252,000 testing reagents, 130 ventilators, 1.87 million medical masks, protective suits, goggles, and other epidemic prevention materials have been provided by China to the Philippines.

In April, a team of Chinese medical experts also visited Manila to share Beijing's best practices in fighting the disease.

Huang assured  that China would prioritize the Philippines once it succeeds in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

He  said around 165 vaccine candidates are being developed globally, six of which are already in the final stages of clinical trials.

"As a close and friendly neighbor of China, we will (give) the Philippines the priority once we successfully develop our vaccines," he said.