MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has passed the four million mark of administering anti-COVID vaccine doses nationwide.
On its Facebook post, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) said that “as of May 22, the Philippines has administered a total of 4,097,425 anti-COVID vaccine doses nationwide,” citing the data released by the National Vaccination Operations Center.
NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez said, “Hitting the four million mark is a milestone in our National Vaccination Program. This brings us closer to our goal of achieving a daily vaccination rate of at least half a million and achieve herd immunity before yearend.”
“I am confident that as we start inoculating our economic frontliners and indigenous population by June, we will be able to double this figure and vaccinate more than four million people as long as there is a steady supply of vaccines,” he added.
The NTF also said that based on the Bloomberg report, in terms of the total number of anti-COVID vaccines administered, the country ranks second among the 10-member states of the ASEAN.
The Philippines, Bloomberg said, also ranks 13th of the 47 countries in Asia and 37th out of the 196 countries worldwide.
The NTF data also showed that of the 4,097,425 total vaccine doses administered, 3,147,486 were given out as first dose and 949,939 as a second dose.
It added that the daily average vaccination is at 163,513 jabs per day.
Galvez also said that this record is “a testament that when all sectors are united and work together, we can overcome the challenges that come our way.”
He further said that maintaining this momentum brought about by the Filipino’s Bayanihan spirit “will be the key to saving more lives, putting an end to the pandemic =, and revitalizing our economy.”
Among the 10-member states of the ASEAN, the Philippines is second to Indonesia and a rank ahead of Singapore.
The NTF also said that “globally, more than 1.63 billion doses have already been administered in 196 countries. The rate was approximately 28.4 million doses per day.” /mbmf