Philippines receives additional 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China

Marje Pelayo   •   May 7, 2021   •   335

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.

PH receives another batch of Sinovac COVID-19 doses

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Friday received additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech.

The shipment containing one million CoronaVac shots arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via Cebu Pacific flight around 7:23 a.m.

The newly delivered jabs were brought to a cold-chain facility in Marikina for storage.

The latest shipment brings to 17 million the total number of Sinovac doses delivered to the Philippines. Of this, 16 million doses were purchased by the Philippine government while 1 million were donated.

The Department of Health said these doses will be given to those who are scheduled to take their second Sinovac shots in the coming weeks.

With the arrival of the new supply, the Philippines has so far received nearly 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers.

As of July 21, over 15.9 million doses have been administered in the country. A total of 5,231,469 individuals have completed their doses while 10,722,442 have received their first shot.

The government is eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent JP Nuñez)

Another batch of Sinovac COVID-19 shots arrives in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021

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.

Over 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 500,000 additional doses of US-made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country on Wednesday night.

The cargo plane carrying 562,770 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu around 6:45 p.m.

Part of the shipment, amounting to 51,480 doses, will be distributed in Cebu.

The rest were brought to Manila via the same flight that landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than the original schedule of 9:20 p.m.

Another 51,480 doses of Pfizer are expected to be delivered in Davao City around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22.

The remaining 459,810 doses allocated for Metro Manila will be brought to the cold storage facility in Marikina City.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said that a total of 562,770 Pfizer shots that were procured by the government will arrive on Wednesday night.

This is part of the 40 million Pfizer doses procured by the government from the American pharmaceutical firm.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week more than 2 million additional Sinovac jabs. The first shipment of 1.5 million doses will arrive on July 22, and another 1 million doses on July 23.

Prior to Wednesday’s delivery, the Philippines has so far received more than 27 million vaccine shots, including brands of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Janssen.

The Philippine government hopes to further boost its vaccination campaign when more vaccine supplies are delivered in the country.

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