Envoy: 500K more Sinovac vaccine doses set to arrive in PH Thursday

Robie de Guzman   •   May 19, 2021   •   222

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive this week additional 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said Wednesday.

“Another shipment of 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday, May 20, 2021,” Sta. Romana announced on his Facebook page.

The airplane carrying the shipment is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 around 7 a.m.

“This is the last tranche of Covid-19 vaccines purchased from China this month,” he said.


Photos he shared on social media showed the Philippine Embassy team in Beijing inspecting the boxes of vaccines last May 17.

“Photos show the boxes of vaccines being inspected by a team from the Philippine Embassy in Beijing led by First Secretary Winston Almeda & Economic Attache Dada Aromin last Monday, May 17, 2021,” he said.

The shipment will complete the 2 million doses of Sinovac vaccines procured by the Philippine government for its May delivery. The 1.5 million doses arrived last May 7.

Sta. Romana said more vaccines from Sinovac will be delivered to the Philippines in the following months.

Phl receives 3 million more vaccine doses from Sinovac

Maris Federez   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Three million more doses of China’s CoronaVac vaccines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 on Sunday afternoon, September 26.

In a statement posted on Facebook, National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. said the latest shipment will be deployed mostly in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 6, 7, 9, and 11.

Others will be deployed in Metro Manila to be used as second doses.

Galvez reiterated the government’s appeal to the public to get vaccinated, citing recent studies conducted in Malaysia that showed that the Sinovac-made vaccine is highly effective against severe disease and death, as he urged all qualified Filipinos to get the COVID-19 jab.

“We would like to encourage everybody na kung ano ‘yung dumating na vaccine very effective naman lahat at it prevents from any severe at hospitalization and death,” Galvez said.

The NTF also said that around 100 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be delivered to the Philippines by the end of October.

This newest shipment brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to the country to 69,699,340, the statement added.

The NTF further stated that as of September 26, the Philippines has administered 43,815,426 doses.

Of this number, 23,609,600 have received the first dose, while 20,205,806 individuals are now fully vaccinated. This is 26% of the country’s target population.

“Hopefully before the end of the month maka-reach tayo ng 30% of our targeted population,” Galvez said.

PH posts 18,659 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Friday logged 18,659 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the nationwide tally of confirmed cases to 2,453,328 since the pandemic began.

In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health said the new single-day tally brought the number of active cases to 175,324.

Of these cases, 88.1 percent are mild, 2.84 percent are moderate, 6.9 percent are asymptomatic, 1.5 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said only one accredited testing laboratory failed to submit data on time.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,240,599 after 9,088 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease.

The death toll remained at 37,405 as no new fatalities were reported.

The DOH also reported a positivity rate of 24.2 percent out of the 76,624 tests conducted on Sept. 22.

Positive COVID-19 antigen test results now included in case count – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid antigen tests will now be included in the Philippines’ case count, Malacañang said Friday.

In a televised briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) reached the decision during their meeting on Thursday in an aim to improve the reporting of COVID-19 cases.

“’Yan po ang ating objective para mas maging mabuti yung picture natin kung ilan ang total cases natin,” Roque said.

He, however, clarified that these tests will be subjected to confirmatory tests.

The use of antigen test is mostly effective for people who already manifested symptoms within the first five days of their onset as the viral load of the patient is at the highest during this time.

In line with this, the IATF directed the Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development to monitor and facilitate registration of facilities using rapid antigen kits.

They must also ensure that antigen line tests are collected and consolidated from health facilities, localities, as well as temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

“Kaugnay nito, ang Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development ay inatasang mag-facilitate ng registration ng facilities na gumagamit ng rapid antigen kits,” he said.

“Augmentation of disease surveillance surveillance staff and encoders are considered to ensure that line lists are generated and submitted on a daily basis,” he added.

As of Sept. 23, the Philippines has 165,780 active COVID-19 cases based on DOH data.

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