A total of 1.5 million doses of government-procured Sinovac vaccines from China arrived on Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 via a Cebu Pacific.
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the delivery will mean 750,000 more individuals will be protected against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“We are talking here of 750,000 lives that we can protect against severe Covid-19 infection thereby preventing hospitalization and deaths,” Duque said in an interview partly in Filipino.
National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said more vaccines are arriving in the coming days, including a guaranteed 500,000 more doses of Sinovac.
“Next month, we will receive 4.5 million more of Sinovac, so this means that the volume is increasing and we are happy,” Galvez said.
On Saturday, two million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered from the COVAX facility while on May 11, Galvez assured the first delivery of US-made Pfizer vaccines, totaling 193,000 doses.
“AstraZeneca will go to the priority areas and about 800,000 doses will be given to Metro Manila,” he said.
Within this month, Galvez added that seven million doses of different brands, including the next batch of Sputnik V vaccines by the third week, will be delivered and another 10 million more in June.Vaccination will next include the A4 category (front-liners in essential sectors, including uniformed personnel) once supplies are steady. SOVEREIGNPH