The available COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines have once again increased after more doses of the Sputnik V anti-coronavirus jab arrived in the country.

The latest shipment, which is now the third, of the Russian-made vaccine contains 50,000 more doses, which brings the total dose delivered to 80,000.

The first and second batch was delivered early this month on May 1 and May 12 – with each parcel containing 15,000 doses.

The current cluster of Sputnik V shots arrived through a Qatar Airways plane, which landed in Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before midnight Sunday (May 30).

The new batch of COVID-19 vaccines was welcomed by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov.

According to the National Task Force Against Covid19, the vaccines were delivered to the PharmaServ Warehouse in Marikina City after it was cleared for unloading. 

The vaccines will then be distributed to COVID-19 hotspots, specifically in Metro Manila. Meanwhile, the initial shipments of the Sputnik V vaccine were distributed in Makati, Muntinlupa, Manila, Taguig, and Parañaque.

At present, the Philippines has received more than 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – the majority of which are sourced from Sinovac Biotech in China. 

The vaccination drive of the national government is coming close to three months. So far, 1,029,061 Filipinos have been fully vaccinated while 3,466,314 have received the first dose.

The Philippines’ current daily vaccination average has reached 163,436. According to herdimmunity.ph, the country will need to ramp up its daily vaccination rate to more than 600,000 if it wants to reach herd immunity by the end of 2021.

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