The Philippines received another one million doses of the vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from China’s Sinovac on Sunday morning.
The additional vaccines from Sinovac landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 7:36 a.m. on Sunday, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.
To date, the Philippines has received 6.5 million Sinovac vaccine doses, which include one million doses donated by the Chinese government.
Sinovac was recently included in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL), meaning it can form part of the vaccines stocks that would be distributed to less-developed and poorer nations under WHO’s COVAX initiative.
“This is a major boost not just in our vaccine rollout and in our efforts to address vaccine hesitancy among many Filipinos, particularly our senior citizens,” NTF Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
He said the WHO’s nod to Sinovac’s CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccines 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. SOVEREIGNPH