- A Taiwan-based news website has claimed that the China-made Sinopharm vaccine has 73 side effects
- Aside from these allegations, it also stated that the said vaccine is the "most unsafe in the world"
- Philippine health experts weighed in on the assertions of the Taiwan news website and said that the conclusions can only be made through scientific data
- Some of the side effects that were outlined by the news website include loss of vision, and high blood pressure
Tao Lina, a Shanghai-based expert on vaccines, was quoted by a Taiwan News report, wherein he stated that China's Sinopharm vaccine has 73 side effects.
The said side effects were included in the instruction manual of the vaccine. Daily Mail reported that it was called by the expert as the "most unsafe."
Since there is a disclaimer in the manual, meaning that the public has been duly informed of the possible side effects, those who receive the vaccine will not be able to sue the state-owned pharmaceutical firm.
Some of the side effects that were listed by Taiwan News include loss of taste, loss of vision, high blood pressure, urinary incontinence, and even delayed menstruation.
Based on the report, Tao said that the number of adverse reactions is "absolutely unprecedented."
ABS-CBN News tried to reach out to MKG Manufacturing Corporation, which claims to be Sinopharm's distributor in the Philippines, but it declined to comment.
Dr. Lulu Bravo of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination said that looking into scientific data first is a necessity. She added that if there is no data, conclusions could not be made.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
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