The second batch of the donated, Sinovac-made COVID-19 vaccines has officially made its way to the Philippines today (March 24), arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The new batch of the CoronaVac jabs contains 400,000 doses. Late in February, 600,000 doses arrived from the Chinese drug-maker as the first shipment of donations officially kicking off the government’s prioritized vaccine rollout. 

Present at the welcoming of the COVID-19 vaccines were Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, and 

Go said the arrival of the vaccines is a “major milestone” for the Philippines since the supply of doses is limited. He notes that it will be beneficial in reaching the inoculation target of 1.7 million – comprised of frontline health workers. 

“This is another major milestone to us since the supply of vaccine is very limited and we have to inoculate 1.7 million medical frontliners and we have to meet our target this year in order to attain herd immunity,” he said. 

Go notes that it’s important for medical frontliners to be prioritized when it comes to vaccinations as it will “arm” them in the fight against COVID-19. 

“Dapat muna nating protektahan ang mga health workers. We should arm them since sila ang sinasabak natin sa giyerang ito,” he stressed. 

Meanwhile, ambassador Huang shared that he hopes that these vaccines will help in the fight against the virus in the Philippines and aid in the recovery of the economy. 

“Today we are happy to have the second batch. We hope we will contribute to speed up the mass vaccination in this country so that we will win over the war against the virus and recover the economy,” Huang said. 

In an interview with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., he mentioned that they will be convening tonight to discuss who will receive the new shipment of vaccines. 

According to Galvez, a total of 408,995 health workers have received the first dose of the vaccine, which amounts to 24 percent of the population being vaccinated. 

Besides Sinovac’s CoronaVac, the Philippines has received 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through the Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility.

Apart from donations, the Philippines is also set to receive an additional 1 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine procured by the government. It’s scheduled to arrive in the country this coming March 29.

You can watch the full coverage of the vaccine’s arrival below.

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Posted by Radio Television Malacañang – RTVM on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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