Philippine government says more vaccines due to arrive this month
MANILA – The Philippines will receive over two million doses of Sinovac Biotech and Astra-Zeneca vaccines this month.
This was the statement of Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez in a press briefing in Malacañang at midday today.
“Some 1.4 million doses of Sinovac Biotech and about a million doses from AstraZeneca will be delivered within the month or early April,” he said.
In his earlier report to President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday. Mr. Galvez said more or less 2.3 million doses are due to arrive this month. He explained there are 400,000 doses from the additional donation of the Chinese government.
“We are working on the procurement through the Department of Health, the one million from Sinovac. There will be 1.4 million Sinovac vaccines,” he added. The Philippines also stands to receive almost a million of AstraZeneca within the month or early next month, with 979,200 AstraZeneca,” he added.
The vaccine rollout in the Philippines began last March 1 immediately after the arrival of Sinovac Biotech vaccine as well as those from the COVAX facility.
It will be recalled 600,000 doses of CoronaVac while COVAX facility sent 487,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. Last March 7, 38,400 doses arrived in Manila.
The Department of Health reported the government has administered 193,492 COVID-19 vaccines since March 1. (Melo M. Acuña)
Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez. (Screen grab from Malacanang Press Conference/March 16,2021/Melo M. Acuna)