Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte volunteered to be the first person to receive Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine Monday, shortly after the Kremlin claimed to have registered it.
Duterte on Monday also offered Manila’s assistance to Moscow in clinical trials and local production of the coronavirus vaccine.
He added that he was “delighted” the Kremlin had offered the unapproved vaccine to the Philippines free of charge.
Russia’s vaccine has yet to clear local clinical trials.
In a State of the Nation Address last month, Duterte said that he had asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping (whom he has repeatedly praised as a “genuine friend” and “trusted partner”) to supply a coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines as soon as one becomes available.