Philippines gets 250,800 more doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
This photo shows the Singapore Airlines plane which landed at the NAIA Terminal 3 on July 15, carrying 250,800 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.
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Philippines gets 250,800 more doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

(Philstar.com) - July 15, 2021 - 2:13pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Thursday received more doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine as part of its procured supply from the US manufacturer. 

News5 reported that the Singapore Airlines flight SQ-910 carrying the 250,800 doses landed at the NAIA Terminal 3 this afternoon.

Of the newly arrived doses, some 194,400 would go to government while 56,400 would go to private firms.

The shipment is the second batch of Moderna's vaccine delivered to the Philippines. An initial 249,600 reached the country on June 27.

It is part of the 20 million doses in total that government purchased from the drugmaker.

Moderna is taken in two doses and 28 days apart. It has a 94% efficacy and is a mRNA vaccine. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said mRNA jabs teach the cells to make protein that triggers an immune response to a person's body.

Its arrival in the Philippines came as vaccinations in cities slowly resume after a halt last week due to the lack of supply.

By July 14, the government reported that 5.78% of Filipinos have completed their shots, or 4,047,792. Officials are targeting to inoculate up to 70 million this year to reach herd immunity. 

Some 14.32%, meanwhile, have received their first dose, or 10,026,722. In total, some 14,074,514 doses have since been administered since inoculation efforts began in March. 

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 5, 2021 - 2:23pm

A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." (Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file)

July 5, 2021 - 2:23pm

At least 2.9 million Filipinos or about 2.6% of the 110 million population have been fully vaccinated as of July 4.

  • Total doses administered: 11,708,029
  • 1st dose: 8,839,124
  • 2nd dose (fully vaccinated): 2,868,905
July 4, 2021 - 11:51am

The inter-agency task force on COVID-19 has finalized protocols for fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Intrazonal travel for fully vaccinated senior citizens within areas under GCQ and MGCQ shall be allowed, subject to presentation of vaccination card or certificate of quarantine completion.
  • The presentation of a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card shall be sufficient alternatives to any testing requirement for interzonal travel. 
  • The traveler needs to undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival in the destination. 
  • In case fully vaccinated individuals are close contacts of COVID-19 cases they may undergo a 7-day quarantine. 
  • No testing and quarantine shall be required for close contacts who may have been traced beyond the 7th day from the last exposure and who remained asymptomatic.
July 1, 2021 - 5:18pm

One million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered to the Philippines this July, the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company says.

This will be followed by additional deliveries in the weeks and months following.

"The latest delivery estimates for the Philippines demonstrate our continuing partnership with COVAX, the national government, Department of Health, local government units, and the private sector, working together to help heal the nation," AstraZeneca Philippines country president Lotis Ramin says.

June 29, 2021 - 4:56pm

Japan will donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.

Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko says the vaccine shipment is expected to arrive in Manila on July 8.

"We are working double time so this donation reaches Philippine shores without delay. Stay tuned!" the Japanese envoy says on Twitter.

June 28, 2021 - 11:12pm

Efforts to reach "population protection" will be ramped up to 8 million vaccinations a month, says vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. at the taped Malacañang meeting aired Monday night.

This is after the country has achieved 5 million vaccinations a month, owing to the sustained arrivals of COVID-19 vaccine shipments in recent weeks.

Galvez reports that on June 29, some 99,600 more doses of Moderna will be delivered, after the arrival of the initial 249,600 doses on June 27. — with reports from Christian Deiparine

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