The Philippines has received a new batch of CoronaVac vaccines from Chinese biotech firm Sinovac.
The new shipment, which arrived earlier today (May 20) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, contained 500,000 doses of the China-made jab.
The cluster of jabs was welcomed by Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, which arrived aboard a chartered Cebu Pacific flight.
With these new arrivals, the total number of CoronaVac vaccines the country has received is now at 5.5 million.
TINGNAN: Sinalubong ni Health Sec. Francisco Duque III ang pagdating ng 500,000 doses ng Sinovac #COVID19 vaccine ngayong Huwebes ng umaga. | via @RayaCapulong #COVID19VaccinePH pic.twitter.com/NfEqIKepai— DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) May 19, 2021
Earlier this month, a shipment of 1.5 million anti-coronavirus shots procured by the national government from Sinovac Biotech was delivered to the Philippines.
So far, the country’s total vaccine supply has reached 7.7 million – 2.5 million of which were from AstraZeneca and 193,000 from Pfizer.
Out of this, 3.2 million doses have been administered – with 786,528 Filipinos receiving full vaccinations. Meanwhile, 2.5 million have received the first dose.
According to vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the government aims to fully vaccinate 58 million people by November 2021. To achieve this, the rollout of vaccines should reach 300,000 to 350,000 shots per day.
At present, the Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorizations for seven vaccines, specifically Moderna, Covaxin, CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sputnik V, and Janssen.
However, only Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Coronavac, and Sputnik V have been used in the country’s rollout of vaccines so far.
You can view DOH’s latest vaccine rollout update below.
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