Pres. Duterte to personally receive procured 1M CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines today

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte personally witnesses the arrival of 38,400 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 7, 2021. (Presidential photo)

QUEZON CITY, March 29 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte today will welcome the arrival of around 1 million doses of CoronaVac vaccine purchased by the Philippine Government from Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech.

During his latest televised public address, the President said the public, however, should not expect any vaccine shipment soon, except for the 1 million Sinovac doses procured by the government, which are due today.

“You asked, where are the purchased vaccines? None. We have not purchased vaccines yet,” Pres. Duterte said.

The Philippines has so far received a total of 1,525,600 vaccine doses, which health officials said aren't still enough to inoculate some 1.7 million health workers that are prioritized in the country's vaccination rollout.

To recall, the first batch of the Chinese government’s donated 600,000 CoronaVac vaccines was delivered to the Philippines on Feb. 28, allowing Duterte to kick off his administration’s free immunization drive on March 1.

The Philippine Government is hoping to achieve its goal of vaccinating 70 million Filipinos by yearend.

For his part, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government’s target is to inoculate around 500,000 to 1 million Filipinos weekly between April and May.

"The country is expecting a steady supply of COVID-19 vaccines by the third and fourth quarters of this year," Galvez said, adding that the Philippines has already signed supply agreements with pharmaceutical firms Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Novavax.

"The supply agreement with Johnson & Johnson is expected to be signed this week, while negotiations with Gamaleya and Pfizer are still ongoing," Galvez said. (PIA NCR)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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