The government received on Thursday night one million doses of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from China’s Sinovac, which will help boost inoculation efforts in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Vaccination czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the delivery, flown in by Philippine Airlines flight PR 359 at about 6 p.m. to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will augment the request of the NCR for an additional four million doses during the ECQ from Aug. 6 to 20.
“This will fill up our stocks,” Galvez said in Filipino in an interview.
“We are making the vaccination process more organized. More vaccines will arrive,” he added in Filipino.
Galvez said supplies will likewise be increased in other areas, like Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Metro Davao, Metro Cebu, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo, Aklan, Apayao, and parts of Ilocos region.
Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro will also be under ECQ, according to an announcement by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., while Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal, and Iloilo Province will be under modified ECQ.
As of August 4, a total of 22.489 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide since rollout began in March, with 10.282,152 of vaccinees already with two shots.
The day before, the country recorded its highest daily vaccination rate at 702,013 jabs.
Within this month, 22.7 million vaccines doses are expected, both procured by the government and secured through foreign donations.