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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines continues to negotiate supply deals with a wide range of COVID-19 vaccine makers, its health ministry said on Wednesday, despite its president scolding Western firms and saying he wanted Chinese and Russian vaccines. Slideshow ( 2 images ). The Philippines, which has the most infections and second highest number of deaths in Southeast Asia, is potentially a large market for vaccine makers with its population of 107 million. “We are still continuously negotiating,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told Reuters in a text message. “No vaccine manufacturers have ‘formally’ asked for pre-payment, though there have been insinuations during the discussions.” Full story

16 September