BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has allayed fears over the country's possible use of COVID-19 vaccines developed by China, saying China is a modern and capable country, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Thursday.
"Those of you [who] are asking me if [this vaccine from] China is safe -- well, I can say that China is a modern country ... whose integrity is fully protected by its achievements," Duterte said in a pre-recorded public address on Wednesday, according to the report.
"But if they would make an offer -- I am waiting for China or Russia to call me -- I'd be glad to roll up my sleeves because I am confident about their vaccine," the report quoted him as saying.
According to the latest figures from Philippines' Department of Health, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country surged to 354,338 with 2,673 new daily cases on Saturday. Some 295,312 patients have recovered, while the total death toll stands at 6,603.
Over 4 million people have been tested so far in the Philippines, which has a population of about 109 million. Enditem