Demand for Sinovac vaccine surpasses supply donated by China — Sec. Galvez

Marje Pelayo   •   March 3, 2021   •   255

Boxes of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac SARS-CoV-2 vaccine being prepared for storage |Credit: Manila Public Information Office

MANILA, Philippines — Following the success of the government’s initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, more people are showing interest in getting vaccinated.

In fact, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the number of vaccine registrants has already exceeded the available Sinovac doses donated by China.

So far, the recent rollout has been drawing positive feedback while more health workers are getting more confident in receiving the Sinovac vaccine.

“Sa ngayon namomroblema kami ni Usec. Myrna (Cabotaje) na more than 600,000 na ang tinatawag natin na distribution list natin,” he said.

But Galvez can now offer the new brand that is set to arrive.

“Pero sa awa siguro ng Dios darating na yung sa Covax Facility natin we are hoping na baka dumating na this week or next week.” he added.

The official sad the World Health Organizations (WHO) COVAX Facility has promised to send 44 million doses — four million to nine million of which is expected to be delivered in the middle of this year.

“Ang gusto ng ating mahal na presidente ay ang lahat ng ating mga mamamayan sa buong Pilipinas ay mabakunahan sa pangunguna ng ating mga healthcare workers,”  Galvez said.

“We will always protect you. At ang sinasabi nga niya walang maiiwan, walang iwanan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Taguig City is preparing to declare a more relax policy when it comes to movement of residents following the vaccination drive at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City.

Mayor Lino Cayetano said the important thing is for the public to get accustomed to proper health protocols.

Cayateno believes in the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine to prevent the entry of a more serious variant in the city.

“Ang variant na ito nagkakaroon kapag yung original na virus papasok sa tao at papasa mo ulit. So kailangan putulin natin iyon,” he said.

“Kailangan putulin natin yung transmission ng virus. That’s why the best vaccine is the one available today so we can cut transmission,” he said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Philippines receives additional 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China

Marje Pelayo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Onboard Cebu Pacific chartered flight 5J671, additional 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China arrived at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at exactly 7:58 AM on Friday (May 7).

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. joined in the welcoming of the vaccines.

So far, the shipment is the highest volume of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine delivered and the seventh batch from China to arrive in the country.

The vaccines were immediately loaded on refrigerated trucks for transportation to a third-party storage facility of the Department of Health (DOH) in Marikina City.

1.5 million more Sinovac COVID-19 vax doses to arrive in PH Friday — envoy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is set to receive this week additional 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said Wednesday.

“A big shipment of Sinovac vaccines (1.5 million doses) will be delivered to the Philippines on Friday, May 7, 2021,” Sta. Romana announced on his Facebook account.

Photos he shared on social media showed the Philippine Embassy team inspecting boxes of vaccines at Sinovac’s warehouse in Daxing, Beijing on May 4.

A big shipment of Sinovac vaccines (1.5 million doses) will be delivered to the Philippines on Friday, May 7, 2021. A…

Posted by Chito Sta Romana on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

 

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that the Chinese firm will upscale its vaccine supply for the Philippines, vowing to bring in 1.5 million doses instead of just 500,000 doses for its May 7 delivery.

The Philippines has so far received a total of 3.5 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac – one million of which were donated by the Chinese government while the rest were procured by the government.

Other vaccine brands that were delivered to the country were those from AstraZeneca and Gamaleya Research Institute.

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.

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