PH gets 3.2 million more Covid vaccine doses

A healthcare professional prepares doses of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as part of the state of Victoria's rollout of the program, in Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders

Two sources of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) delivered about 3.28 million doses to the Philippines on Thursday.


Early in the morning, 1 million doses of vaccines from China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine arrived in the country that was followed by the delivery of  2.28 million doses of Pfizer vaccines sourced by the Philippines from the COVAX Facility of the United Nations.


National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said he is thankful to the management of Sinovac and China for being “very committed” to delivering the Covid-19 vaccines on time.

“This (latest batch of vaccines) is (a) huge help for Metro Manila and nearby areas,” he told reporters.

The vaccine czar acknowledged that the Philippines had experienced a shortage in the Covid-19 vaccine supply due to the delay in deliveries.

“The last delivery was on June 6. Delivery may likely (to) stabilize by June 14,” he said.

Galvez also guaranteed the delivery of more vaccines doses this month from various sources.

Over 11 million vaccine doses are expected to arrive in June, 10 million doses in July, 17 million doses in August, and up to 20 million doses in September.

Of the 11 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, around 5.5 million will come from Sinovac, 1 million from Sputnik, 250,000 from Moderna, 2.28 million from Pfizer-BioNTech, and 2.028 million from AstraZeneca.

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