The actual price of Sinovac in the country is P3,629.50 for two doses.
Hong Kong-Chinese TV personality-model-actor-and-host Richard Juan posted on Thursday, January 14, the varying prices of China’s Sinovac in other Asian countries that also purchased the vaccine. He shared some countries that purchased the vaccine and its conversions. In converting the currency of India and Indonesia to the Philippine peso–Sinovac should have been P1,814.75.
In India, Sinovac costs 1,027 Rupees per dose or P674.79. In Indonesia, it costs 200,000 Rupiahs or P682.85 per dose. When converting it into Philippine Peso, it should have cost P1,814.75.
The current price of Sinovac in the Philippines [actually] rose three times higher.
With this, Juan demanded transparency and questioned why the price is exponentially higher against its ‘original’ rate.
Sinovac (per dose):
🇮🇳 INDIA = RS 1027 = PHP 674.79
🇮🇩 INDONESIA = IDR 200,000 = PHP 682.85
🇵🇭 PHILIPPINES = PHP1814.75
Tanong lang po, bakit kaya THREE times more expensive Sinovac natin? Mahal ba shipping? Or may kick vac? 😰😰😰 pic.twitter.com/kTyIk9pBta
— 范鴻志 RICHARD JUAN 홍지 (@richardjuan) January 14, 2021
Even actor Albie Casiño shared the information from Richard.
With the price different than it should have been, he even called Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr.–‘stupid.’
When actor Enchong Dee found out about this information, he was furious on how high the price of Sinovac in the country as compared to India and Indonesia.
In his twitter account, he was angered by Sinovac being cheap in Indonesia and India while the Philippines made it three times higher than its standard price.
Grabing kasamaan na to!!! https://t.co/ds9xKlDEma
— Enchong Dee (@enchongdee777) January 14, 2021
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that he cannot disclose the actual price of Sinovac. He also refuted that the vaccine is the most expensive blaming the opposition for spreading ‘fake news’.
However, he claimed that its price was more of a ‘BFF’ price.
“Hindi po pinakamahal ang Sinovac, paninira lang po ng oposisyon ‘yan,” he said.
Though not sure, Roque claimed that China’s vaccine is the third most expensive vaccine among the vaccine brands.
“Hindi rin po siya ang pangalawang pinaka mahal na bakunang na aangkatin natin. Kung hindi po ako nagkakamali, pangatlong pinakamahal lang po siya out of six brands,” he added.
“I can assure you, nabigyan po tayo ng presyo na ukol lamang sa kanilang BFF.”