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COVID vaccines

Duterte's threats to unvaxxed show Philippine rollout disparities

Critics say shots and tests are insufficient, rural areas underserved

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds a vial of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac in February 2021.   © Reuters

MANILA -- With COVID-19 infections spiking in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the unvaccinated to stay at home or risk arrest. Out of a total population of 110 million, around 53.4 million, or 48.5%, are completely vaccinated, with just over 3.8 million receiving booster shots.

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