The Philippines has received its seventh shipment of Coronavac vaccines from Sinovac Biotech – and is, by far, the largest jab delivery at 1.5 million doses.
The latest batch of China-made vaccines was welcomed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City this Friday morning (May 7). It came on board a Cebu Pacific chartered plane.
After sanitation procedures, the vaccines – which were bought by the national government – will be delivered to a storage facility in Marikina. The shots will stay in the warehouse before being distributed to vaccination outlets.
Present during the vaccines’ arrival were Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
The current cluster of China-made vaccines brings the total number of Coronavac shots in the Philippines to 5 million – a mix of donations and purchases.
The jab has been used in the government’s initial inoculation drive, coming in two doses given at two-week intervals.
It’s among other shots given an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), specifically AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Janssen, Covaxin, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Another 500,000 doses of the vaccine are set to arrive in the country this month – part of the two million mentioned by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.
At present, the Philippines has managed to vaccinate 2,065,235 Filipinos since its inoculation drive started in March. 18 percent of this population or 320, 586 have been fully vaccinated.
You can view the Department of Health’s (DOH) latest stat report below.