Sinovac and Western-made vaccines, “at par” base on performance as per Galvez

Earlier reports, a number of Indonesian medical workers got infected by the virus even after receiving Sinovac shots but Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Wednesday, July 1 rebuts, saying China’s Sinovac vaccine is at par performing very well together with shots made by Western brands.

Amid concerns on its efficacy, he expounded in his statement, that all vaccines being used in the country are strictly reviewed by the vaccine expert panel (VEP), which is composed of top doctors and vaccine specialists. “The VEP has discouraged early presumption in the matter since studies are still ongoing and ensures that all the policies that were constructed and implemented are with evidence and science-based,” Galvez stated.

“I will only consider the advice of our experts and not from people who do not want to listen to more prudent and calculated decision-making,” he added.

Citing real-world data, China-made vaccines are 90% effective in preventing severe COVID-19 cases and deaths in Uruguay, and 94% effective in protecting healthcare workers in Indonesia. Over 10 million Filipinos have received their vaccine shots, of which around 2.5 million are now fully protected from the deadly virus. By the end of the year, the government targets to immunize up to 70 million more individuals.