The Philippines will be getting the first 600,000 doses from China’s Sinovac on February 23, the Palace announced on Wednesday.
“The arrival of the vaccines of Sinovac from China has been etched in stone. This will be on February 23 and we will get 600,000 doses. But the 100,000 doses will be for soldiers, through the Department of National Defense,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Filipino.
However, Sinovac has yet to be issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines.
Initially, the country expected to receive the first 117,000 doses of US drugmaker Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine in mid-February, courtesy of the COVAX facility led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
National Policy Against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon later said the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine doses will be delayed due to a paperwork processing.
However, he said the delivery of the vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech can still be expected this month.
The country is also expected to receive at least 5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX within the month.
Currently, only Pfizer and AstraZeneca have received EUA from the FDA. SOVEREIGNPH