2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses may be delivered this April – Galvez

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2021   •   220

MANILA, Philippines – At least two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in the Philippines this month, vaccine czar and National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

During a Malacañang press briefing, Galvez said the vaccines were manufactured by Chinese drug maker Sinovac BioTech and Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute.

“Darating po ang Sinovac na 1.5 million (doses) at saka mayroon po tayong Gamaleya na 500,000. More or less po, 2 million doses,” he said.

As for the delivery of the additional AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shots from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility, Galvez said these might be delivered much later due to global supply issues.

WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe earlier said that the AstraZeneca vaccines may arrive in the Philippines in the next few weeks.

“Due to global vaccine shortage, there will be a delay. The agreed quantity which was 920,000 vaccine doses will come out but because of the shortage, what we have been informed is that we may need to expect the reduced quantity which may come over in the next few weeks,” Abeyasinghe said on Monday.

Galvez said that once additional vaccine doses have been delivered, the vaccination drive in other COVID-19 hotspots in the country, including the cities of Cebu and Davao, will be intensified.

The government is also eyeing to begin the inoculation of economic frontliners by May when more than 4-million vaccine doses from Sinovac, Gamaleya Institute, and Moderna are expected to arrive. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PH receives 500K more Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday received another shipment of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech.

Around 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines purchased by the government arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at past 5 p.m. It arrived via a Philippines Airlines flight.

The shipment brings the COVID-19 shots so far delivered to the country to more than 3,525,600, comprised of CoronaVac and AstraZeneca.

This is part of the commitment of Sinovac Biotech to deliver 1.5 million vaccine doses this month. The other 500,000 doses were shipped last April 11.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that about 100,000 of these vaccines will be deployed to Metro Manila and its administration will be completed within the week.

Galvez also said that another 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will be delivered on April 29.

Galvez: Sputnik V, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive in PH starting next week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will receive, starting next week, around 690,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and Pfizer, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said Thursday.

During a Palace briefing, Galvez said an initial 15,000 doses of Gamaleya’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in the country on April 25. Another batch of 480,000 doses will be delivered on April 29.

On the same day, 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will also arrive in the country.

Around 195,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility may be delivered by end of April, Galvez said.

By May, the Philippines is expecting to receive around 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – 2 million will be from Sinovac and 1 to 2 million from Gamaleya.

Galvez also expressed hope that 194,000 doses of Moderna vaccines will be delivered next month.

The vaccine czar also reported that another 2 million doses of Sputnik V may be delivered by June as well as 4.5 million Sinovac doses and 1.3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

The Philippines has so far administered over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines, mostly to healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities, since the government rolled out the vaccination program on March 1.

500K more Sinovac doses to arrive in PH April 22

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive Thursday 500,000 more doses of CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech.

The plane carrying the shipment is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 5 p.m.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials will welcome the arrival of the vaccines procured by the government.

The arrival of the additional doses on Thursday would bring to 3,525,600 the number of COVID-19 vaccines, comprised of CoronaVac and AstraZeneca, that the Philippines has so far received.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana on Wednesday announced that another 500,000 vials of Sinovac vaccines are expected to arrive in Manila next week.

This is part of the commitment of Sinovac Biotech to deliver 1.5 million vaccine doses this month. The other 500,000 doses were shipped last April 11.

The Philippines is also expecting to receive this month at least 20,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines made by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute while additional AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility may be delivered in May.

The WHO previously said that the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses for the Philippines has been delayed, and that it will be lesser in number than expected, due to a global supply shortage.

Once additional vaccine doses arrive in the country, the national government is eyeing to begin the inoculation of economic frontliners by May and to intensify the vaccination drive in other COVID-19 hotspots in the Philippines.

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