Biggest single delivery: PH receives 3M more Sinovac doses

Published August 19, 2021, 7:54 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine received on Thursday night, August 19, a total of three million doses of Sinovac, the biggest single day delivery of vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since the national government had scrambled to get vaccines only this year.

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Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., chairman of the National Task Force Against COVD-19 and referred to as the country’s vaccine czar, said the priority of the newly-delivered vaccine doses will be the provinces.

“Right now, the vaccination rate in the province is between 18 to 20 percent. We will deliver more to the provinces to that they could cope with the vaccination rate in Metro Manila,” said Galvez in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 2.

“Our main target is to attain herd immunity, or vaccination of 70 percent of the population by December this year,” he added.

The three million Sinovac doses on Thursday are part of the 26 million Sinovac doses bought by the Philippine government.

On Wednesday night, August 18, more than 365,000 doses of US-made Pfizer vaccines were delivered to the country. They were part of the 40 million doses of Pfizer bought by the government.

With the delivery of the three million doses of Sinovac vaccines, the Philippines has now received a total of 45,940,390 COVID-19 vaccine doses— via donations from COVAX facility, donations from other countries and those procured by the national government.