3 million more Sinovac doses arrive in Philippines

3 million more Sinovac doses arrive in Philippines
Workers wearing personal protective equipment inspect the crate containing the Philippines' additional supply of Sinovac which arrived in Manila on September 26, 2021
Release / National Task Force COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Sunday received three million more doses of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine, adding to the government's procured supply. 

A Philippine Airlines plane carrying the jabs landed at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay past 5 p.m. of September 26. 

At 39 million doses, Sinovac makes up majority of the vaccine supply the country has received to date, per Philstar.com's monitoring. 



Some 37.1 million of that were procured by the national government, a million were donated by Beijing, while 500,000 were bought by the private sector and 400,000 by local governments. 

Per vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., these areas would receive most of the new Sinovac doses: Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Davao Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, Zamboanga Peninsula and in Metro Manila for second doses. 

The Philippines began its inoculation efforts in March, with authorities today racing to vaccinate more amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases. 

Galvez said over 20.2 million Filipinos have since completed their COVID-19 shots, making up only 26% of the targeted 70 million this year. 

Some 23.6 million have received their initial dose. "Hopefully, before the end of the month we reach 30% of our targeted population," Galvez added. — Christian Deiparine

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: October 27, 2021 - 10:56am

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)

October 27, 2021 - 10:56am

The Philippine government will start the full rollout of COVID-19 vaccination among minors aged 12 to 17 on November 5.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the guidelines are being drafted.

October 25, 2021 - 9:02am

The Health Technology Assessment Council of the Department of Health recommends the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for healthcare workers by fourth quarter of this year.

The council also recommends rolling out booster shots among eligible priority groups by next year.

HTAC says the recommendations are offered "in consideration of sufficient vaccine supply and acceptable coverage for primary vaccination."

October 8, 2021 - 10:00am

Another 2.1 million doses of Moderna and more than 661,100 doses of Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive at NAIA Terminal 1 on Friday morning.

The Moderna vaccines are procured by the government while the Astrazeneca jabs were bought by the private sector.

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.

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