President Rodrigo Duterte received his second Covid-19 vaccine dose on Monday, 70 days after his first jab.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a three-to-four-week interval in administering two Sinopharm doses.

“I confirm that PRRD (Duterte) had his second dose of Sinopharm tonight before his meeting with select members of the IATF,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a message to reporters.

Duterte was inoculated by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The president’s vaccination has been controversial.

When he received his first Sinopharm dose on May 3, the drug was then unregistered in the Philippines and could only be used under a compassionate use license.

He then ordered the withdrawal of all Sinopharm jabs to extinguish criticisms of his vaccination.

Presidential Security Group chief Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III said on June 25 that Duterte had already completed his two-dose vaccination, only to be corrected by Roque.

The Food and Drug Administration gave Sinopharm an emergency use license on June 7. John Ezekiel J. Hirro