Qatar Supports Philippines Battle Covid-19 Pandemic with US$.45-Million Sinovac Vaccine

The assistance is an extension of Qatar’s commitment to stand with the brotherly and friendly countries affected by the pandemic, by providing appropriate medical supplies to cope with the repercussions of Covid-19 and to provide health support to the people of the affected countries.

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Emir Sheikh Tamim, Qatar, World Cup 2022, Education City Stadium, football
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani. (Source: Embassy of Qatar in Manila)

By EDD K. USMAN | @edd1819 | @bluestar0910 | SDN — Science and Digital News

(SDN) — The Arab State of Qatar headed by His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani demonstrated again its continued support to the Philippines as it donated US$450,000 (around Php23 million) for 50,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine.

SDN — Science and Digital News learned about this donation from an email sent by the Embassy of Qatar in the Philippines led by His Excellency Ambassador Ali Ibrahim bin Al-Malki.

Meanwhile, a check with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against Covid-19 showed the Philippine government has not yet received the Qatar-funded 50,000 Sinovac vaccine doses. A source from the IATF said Tuesday evening it appears the manufacturer has not yet delivered the Covid-19 jabs to the country.

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) in the capital Doha already paid the pharma company that developed the Sinovac vaccine, which is widely used against the coronavirus, especially in Third World countries, a separate source from the Qatari chancery said.

In a statement, it was said the “Qatar Fund for Development on behalf of the State of Qatar has provided financial support that includes an urgent health aid to further the people of the Philippines access to safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine.”

It said the support’s aim is to make available to the Filipino people an additional 50,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine against Covid-19 worth nearly half a million dollars. The statement said the support continues Qatar’s “response to provide a wider access to Covid-19 vaccine.”

His Excellency Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari, director general of Qatar Fund, cited the donation’s significance.

Qatar Fund Director General His Excellency Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari.

“This support is an affirmation of Qatar’s active role and efforts in contending the Covid-19 pandemic, which represents a common threat to the whole world, and as a matter of shared international responsibility, as well as Qatar’s position in support of friendly and fraternal countries and its assistance to overcome this crisis,” he emphasized.

Further, the statement issued by the Qatar Embassy said the assistance is an extension of Qatar’s commitment to stand with the brotherly and friendly countries affected by the pandemic, by providing appropriate medical supplies to cope with the repercussions of Covid-19 and to provide health support to the people of the affected countries.

Ambassador Al-Malki explained as well the support to the Philippines.

Qatar and Philippines
Ambassador Ali Ibrahim bin Al-Malki. (Credit: Embassy of Qatar — Manila)

He pointed out that the support “comes within the framework of humanitarian action, and the extended Qatari giving relief to friends in the Philippines, and also comes as a commitment from the State of Qatar to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the health crisis, and to strengthen international efforts in the field of emergency aid.”

President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Special Envoy Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), of which Qatar is one of the six members, noted the importance of the friendly relations between the Philippines and Qatar.

“The Philippines is very fortunate to be included by Qatar in its roster of friendly countries. Filipinos especially OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) have been treated fairly and have been beneficiaries of the benevolence of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. This humanitarian gesture is a manifestation of a strong diplomatic and friendly relations among the two nations,” Ambassador Aguiluz V said.

As this developed, QFFD’s efforts continues to support countries around the world with emergency response aid to defeat Covid-19 and enable access to safe and effective vaccines and medical aids.

Here’s from the Qatari humanitarian agency’s website:

QFFD is a public development institution committed, on behalf of the State of Qatar, to implement external aid projects under Law No. 19 of 2002 and its amendments. It has provided aid to several countries around the world to achieve the international cooperation goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The Qatar Fund for Development’s main goal is to achieve inclusive and sustainable development, by addressing priority issues of education, health and economic empowerment. QFFD’s most important Sustainable Development Goals are:

  • Goal 3: “Ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all”;
  • Goal 4: “Ensuring fair and inclusive education for all and enhancing lifelong learning for all”;
  • Goal 8: “Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and keeping full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

QFFD spares no effort to achieve the other sustainable development goals including Goal 2 “Total eradication of hunger”, Goal 6 “providing secure clean drinking water” and Goal 17 “building partnerships to achieve goals”. (✓)

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