The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), on behalf of the State of Qatar, has provided financial support in purchasing $450,000 worth of Sinovac anti-Covid-19 vaccines for the Philippines. The aim of the support is to provide additional 50,000 doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to Filipinos. This comes as a continuation of Qatar’s response to provide a wider access to Covid-19 vaccine.
This assistance is an extension of Qatar’s commitment to stand with the brotherly and friendly countries affected by the pandemic, by providing appropriate medical supplies to cope with the repercussions of Covid-19 and to provide health support to the people of the affected countries.
His Excellency Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of Qatar Fund for Development, said, “This support is an affirmation of Qatar’s active role and efforts in contending the Covid-19 pandemic, which represents a common threat to the whole world, and as a matter of shared international responsibility, as well as Qatar’s position in support of friendly and fraternal countries and its assistance to overcome this crisis.”
His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Malki, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of the Philippines, said that the support “comes within the framework of humanitarian action, and the extended Qatari giving to relief friends in the Philippines, and also comes as a commitment from the State of Qatar to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the health crisis, and to strengthen international efforts in the field of emergency aid”.
Philippine President’s Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC*), Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V, said that “The Philippines is very fortunate to be included by Qatar in its roster of friendly countries. Filipinos especially OFWs have been treated fairly and have been beneficiaries of the benevolence of the Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. This humanitarian gesture is a manifestation of a strong diplomatic and friendly relations among the two nations.”
Special Envoy Aguiluz further said that both the Department of Finance and Department of Foreign Affairs already confirmed payment of $450,000 to Sinovac and, consequently, that coordination with the Department of Health was already initiated for the delivery of the purchased vaccines.