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COVID vaccines

Philippines fights vaccine bias in face of Pfizer preference

Officials renew calls for public to take jabs that are available

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte receives Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila on May 3. (Photo by PCOO)

MANILA -- The Philippines will stop announcing the maker of the COVID vaccines being administered at inoculation centers, after people crowded venues offering Pfizer jabs.

The new policy is meant to "overcome vaccine brand preference" as the Philippines, already challenged by prevailing vaccine hesitancy, races to inoculate over half its population this year and revive a reeling economy.

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