Philippines gets 1 million Sinovac doses anew

Philippines gets 1 million Sinovac doses anew
Photo shows a Philippine Airlines plane carrying 1 million Sinovac doses at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay on August 5, 2021
PTV / Patrick de Jesus

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Thursday received another one million doses of Sinovac as authorities seek to improve vaccinations amid the threat of the more infectious Delta variant.

A Philippine Airlines plane landed at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay past 7 p.m. of August 5, per state-run PTV. 

Data from Philstar.com research showed the delivery brought the country's supply of Sinovac doses to 20.5 million to date.



Some 18.6 million of that figure were purchased by government, while 500,000 were by the private sector. 

The country received three shipments of vaccine supply this week. Apart from Sinovac tonight, that would be donations of over 415,000 AstraZeneca doses from the United Kingdom, and more than three million Moderna doses from the United States.

Vaccinations at home proved to be more crucial as health officials report more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19. On Thursday, there were 116 additional infections that pushed the total to 331.

It appears, however, that supply of the jabs isn't so much of the problem these days but on its rollout. 

Crowds flocked to inoculation sites in cities today after false information circulated that only vaccinated individuals would receive financial aid from government. 

Metro Manila, home to 13.4 million people, will return to stricter lockdown beginning Friday, August 6, that would stretch to August 20.

Administration officials have since sought to dispel rumors, calling it "fake and baseless" and directing the National Bureau of Investigation to probe its source. 

The health department has said vaccinations will continue during the enhanced community quarantine period. 

But it added only senior citizens would be allowed for walk-ins. Others have to go through pre-registration and scheduling from their local governments. 

By August 4, government figures showed there are now 14.69% or 10.28 million Filipinos complete with their COVID-19 shots. 

While inoculations have picked up pace, that number is out of officials' target of up to 70 million this year to meet herd immunity. 



Some 17.44% or 12.20 million, meanwhile, have received a first dose, with 22.48 million doses in the country since administered. — Christian Deiparine, with reports from Philstar.com intern Siegfred Aldous Lacerna

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: August 23, 2021 - 12:22pm

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)

August 23, 2021 - 12:22pm

As of August 22, about 12% of the estimated 109 million population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to date from the pandemic task force.

  • First dose: 17,258,675
  • Second dose: 13,130,485
  • Total doses administered: 30,389,160
August 20, 2021 - 10:13am

An additional 582,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Friday morning.

It is part of the private sector's "A Dose of Hope" program, pioneered by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.

August 9, 2021 - 2:56pm

An estimated 10.45% of the 109 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 between March 1 and August 9, according to government data.

  • Total doses administered: 24,479,750
  • First dose: 13,087,781
  • Second dose: 11,391,969
August 3, 2021 - 5:56pm

The Philippines on Tuesday receives 3,000,060 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States.

The latest donation is part of the P1.38 billion assistance of the US government to the Philippines since the onset of the pandemic.

Last month, more than 3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the American government arrived in the country.


August 3, 2021 - 10:08am

The Department of Tourism hails the City of Manila's drive-thru vaccination site at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park which opened on Saturday. 

“With the move to revert Metro Manila to the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measure, this initiative will help establish the much needed resistance against the Delta variant of the virus," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says.

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