Another 500,000 vials of the CoronaVac vaccine arrived in the Philippines earlier today (April 29) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
This current batch is now the sixth cluster of the China-made vaccine delivered to the country – with the fifth arriving last April 22.
According to a report by GMA’s Unang Balita, the shots were procured by the national government as part of its vaccination drive.
So far, the Philippines has received 3.5 million jabs of the CoronaVac vaccine from manufacturer Sinovac Biotech – a mix of donations and purchases.
After arriving through a chartered flight at NAIA, the anti-coronavirus shots are set to undergo disinfection. Once done, it will be transferred to a facility in Marikina where it will be stored before use.
At the moment, the CoronaVac jab is among five other vaccines that have been issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To be more specific, the cleared vaccines include AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Janssen, Covaxin, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
According to the FDA, the Sinovac-made vaccine is delivered through muscle injections. It comes in two doses – given at two-week intervals.
In the Philippines, the jab is being used predominantly in the government’s roll-out of vaccination.
At the moment, the national government is at its second month of inoculation, launching the drive back on March 1.
In the Department of Health’s latest tally, the number of those vaccinated has now reached 1,809,801 – 14 percent of which or 246,986 have been fully vaccinated.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said they’re eyeing to rollout vaccines to the general public by August of this year.
Although the country is making progress, many say that the government’s vaccination program is too slow – specifically due to the delayed arrival of purchased vaccines.
The government plans to inoculate 70 million Filipinos to achieve herd immunity. However, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the goal can’t be achieved at the moment due to a lack of vaccine supplies.
“For now I can honestly say it is still not possible based on the supplies,” Vergeire revealed in an interview with CNN Philippines.
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