MB Daily News Update

Published February 28, 2021, 7:30 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Could this be the beginning of the end?

On this last day of February will arrive the first batch of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines that Filipinos are hoping could open the floodgates for the arrival of many more that could signal the end to this scourge that has devastated the country for a year.

The 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will arrive at the Villamor Air Base at 5 p.m., but it’s the announcement made by Malacanang that more than 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines are set to arrive on March 1, 2021 that has the hope and spirits of Filipinos all perked up.

Focus will be on the vaccines, but we have also curated some stories that could be of interest this Sunday, February 28, 2021.

  1. After a slight delay, the Philippines will finally receive its first batch of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines from the COVAX Facility on Monday, March 1, a day after the country gets 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines on Sunday.
In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 a general view is pictured of the offices of British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC in Macclesfield, Cheshire. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)
  • The DOH said 2,921 more people contracted COVID-19, bringing the country’s tally to 574,247. This was the highest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases for this year so far. 

The number of active cases stands at 37,093 or 6.5 percent of the country’s total number of confirmed cases. 

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