Another batch of Sinovac COVID-19 shots arrives in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021   •   139

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday received another shipment containing 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine made by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The additional CoronaVac vaccine doses arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 before 8 a.m.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III welcomed the arrival of the vaccine.

The latest shipment brings to 16 million the total number of Sinovac doses received by the country, including the one million donation from the Chinese government.

“These doses are part of the 26 million CoronaVac shots secured by the Philippine government for this year,” the NTF said.

One million more doses of Sinovac vaccine are expected to arrive on Friday, July 23.

A total of 29,985,130 COVID- vaccine doses have been delivered to the Philippines since February, the NTF said.

Philippines gets additional 1.5 million Sinovac vaccine doses

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Another 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Chinese manufacturer Sinovac were delivered to the Philippines on Thursday (July 29).

Health Undersecretary Carolina Vidal-Taino welcomed the arrival of the government-procured vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Majority of the doses are expected to be distributed to the National Capital Region and eight other areas namely  Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal, the official told reporters.

The Philippines, meanwhile, is expecting another shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines on August 2.

Overall, the Philippines has received a total of 32,860,700 COVID-19 vaccines procured and donated from various countries and through the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX facility.

US Defense chief Austin to meet with Duterte on July 29 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III at Malacañang on Thursday, July 29.

In a statement, the Palace said Austin will pay a courtesy call on Duterte upon his arrival in the Philippines.

Austin is on an official visit to Southeast Asia that includes stops in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The visit aims to bolster the US’ ties with the said nations.

He will stay in Manila until Friday.

The US Defense chief’s visit highlights the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty, the Palace said.

Executive Secretary Salvador Mediadea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje are expected to attend the courtesy call, it added.

UK to donate 415,000 shots of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive more than 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the United Kingdom (UK), the British Embassy said on Wednesday.

In a statement, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the AstraZeneca vaccine shots bound for the Philippines are part of the first batch of 100 million doses that the UK pledged to donate to low-income countries worldwide.

“The UK is sending 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Philippines. This is part of the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged to get the poorest parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency,” Raab said.

“We’re doing this to help the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is safe,” he added.

The British embassy said the vaccines are expected to start leaving the UK this week.

The UK has pledged to donate 100 million vaccines overseas by June 2022. Around 80 million of which will go to World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility, with the rest going to countries directly

“The donations follow the pledge that G7 leaders made to vaccinate the world and end the pandemic in 2022,” the embassy said.

“This week’s deployment will help meet the urgent need for vaccines from countries around the world, including in Africa, South East Asia and the Caribbean. These regions are experiencing high levels of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” it added.

The Philippine government earlier said it has so far secured a total of 164 million vaccine doses from different vaccine manufacturers for this year through purchase as well as donations coming from the COVAX facility and other donor countries.

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