China’s Sinovac delivered another one million doses of its vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 on Sunday morning.
The latest batch arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 7:36 a.m. on Sunday, the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said.
Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine was recently included in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL), which qualifies the Chinese-based pharmaceutical firm to supply vaccines for the WHO’s COVAX initiative for poorer countries.
NTF Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said WHO’s issuing Sinovac’s vaccine an EUL is “a strong testament” that vaccines procured by the government are all safe and effective.
Galvez said the government welcomes the expanding list of vaccines validated through the WHO’s EUL, saying it is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply and international procurement, which allow countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer Covid-19 vaccines.
The EUL assesses the quality, safety, and efficacy of the vaccines, as well as risk management plans and programmatic suitability, such as cold chain requirements.
With the latest delivery, Sinovac has delivered 6.5 million doses of its vaccine to the Philippines, including a batch of 1 million donated by the Chinese government.
The government expects a total of 4.5 million doses of Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine to be delivered this month to the Philippines.