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Netizens react to a Pres. Rodrigo Duterte mascot ‘defeating’ COVID-19

Sinovac will have clinical trials in the country.

Social media erupted after photos of a Duterte mascot punching a coronavirus mascot spread online.

The Joint Movement for Free COVID-19 Vaccine, led by the World Philosophical Forum Philippines Inc., held a press briefing and covenant in Pasay last Wednesday in an effort for the country to secure China’s Sinovac vaccine.

Sinovac Biotech, a Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company, recently developed a coronavirus vaccine and the said group seeks to “help” the Duterte administration in working with the Chinese government to regarding the vaccine.

The vaccine is called CoronaVac and is at Phase 3 in global trials in China and Brazil. The South American country branded it the “safest” and “most promising” out of all the approved vaccines, said São Paolo governor João Doria.

Sinovac will have clinical trials in the country.

However, people did not expect mascots to come out. Critics said that the antic was done as a means to make Duterte look strong. Some found it to be funny, but most saw right through it.

The stunt was flat out pathetic, said one netizen.

Many didn’t think the mascots helped in any way, shape, or form.

One netizen joked that Duterte is actually the virus.

More joked that they are expecting COVID-19 cases in the country to drop.

Others still have questions about the stunt.

After the vaccine’s safety profile, effect and study design were reviewed, the panel “positively” endorsed it, said Food and Drug Administrator Director-General Eric Domingo.

A similar stunt was set up last August in San Pablo City, Laguna wherein people with sticks were seen attacking a coronavirus mascot.

It came following the city’s initiative to implement health measures to prevent further spreading of the disease.

In the video, a “distancing stick” was introduced to remind people to socially distance when in public.

People said budget was wasted on entertainment purposes instead of using it to improve the public health sector.

Written by Charles Teves

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