The Philippines is expected to receive at least 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this second quarter of 2021, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. says.

The chief implementer of the National task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF), who relayed his report to President Rodrigo Duterte during the weekly address, said orders will gradually arrive in the country this second half of April until May. 

The vaccine doses set to arrive in the country consist of Sinovac, Russia’s Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer. 

According to Galvez, 500, 000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine will arrive in the country on April 22. After a week, on April 29 another 500,000 shots will be delivered – to a total of 1 million doses.

On the other hand, 20,000 vials of the Sputnik V vaccine from the Gamaleya institute are expected to arrive within this week – as part of the initial rollout of the Russia-made shot. Meanwhile, another order of 480,000 will arrive late into April. 

Pfizer’s shipment of 195,000 COVID-19 vaccines is estimated to arrive towards the end of April or the first week of May. 

Galvez noted that the government will also receive vaccines from the World Health Organization’s COVAX Facility – particularly ones made by AstraZeneca. However, the amount remains undisclosed.

For the rest of May, another shipment of Sinovac vaccines is expected – projected to be at least in the 2 million. Besides this, 1 or 2 million doses will be sourced once again from the Gamaleya Institute. In the same period, Moderna’s 195,000 coronavirus vaccines would have also arrived. 

In June, the government expects the arrival of 7 to 8 million vaccine doses – consisting of Sinovac, Sputnik V, and AstraZeneca.

Galvez pointed out that the supply of vaccines is limited, however, he assured the public that the national government is doing its best to procure enough for the people. 

“The global supply is limited but the government is doing its best to ensure that the country will have a fair share of the vaccines,” he stressed.

“The instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte is for Filipinos to be vaccinated and save more lives as we collectively surmount the challenges brought about by the pandemic,” Galvez shared.

The arrival of the vaccines also spells a ramping up of the vaccination rollout, Galvez said.

“With the arrival of these vaccines, we will continue our aggressive vaccine roll-out in the county to protect the Filipino from COVID-19.”

In the Department of Health’s latest tally, a total of 1.4 million Filipinos have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. 

For its initial rollout of vaccines, the national government chose health workers in the frontline, senior citizens, and people with comorbidities as the priority group.

After that bracket, essential workers will be vaccinated.

The Philippine government is planning to inoculate a total of 70 million Filipinos to achieve herd immunity. It expects the country to return to normalcy by 2023. 

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