Philippine President Duterte held a meeting with cabinet ministers to discuss measures to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic and delivered a national television speech.
In his speech, Duterte said that the Philippine government is negotiating with the United States on the purchase of a vaccine.
If the United States cannot provide at least 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, the Philippines will not renew the Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement.
In February this year, the Philippine government announced that it would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement signed with the United States, but since then, the Philippines proposed to suspend the termination of the agreement for six months from June 1 “based on changes in the current regional situation”.
In November, Duterte decided to suspend the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement signed between the Philippines and the United States for another six months.