THE Philippines received an additional 1.5 million doses of CoronaVac coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine from Sinovac Biotech on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said the shipment includes the 500,000 doses procured by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. for donation to the government.
The new shipment brought the total deliveries to 14,208,210 doses, consisting of 9.0 million doses from Sinovac, 2.556 million doses from AstraZeneca, 2,472,210 doses from Pfizer and 180,000 doses of Sputnik V. In June alone, more than 5.87 million doses have been delivered.
The AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines were donated through Covax while one million doses of the Sinovac vaccine were donated by China.
Since the vaccination program began on March 1, 2021, a total of 6,948,549 doses have been administered to 5,068,855 individuals, with 1,879,694 also receiving their second dose.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said more vaccines will be sent to Mindanao, where a surge in Covid-19 cases is being experienced in some areas.
“We are getting more vaccines there very soon, and Mindanao will not be left behind. This is my promise to all Mindanaoans,” Galvez said.
As of June 14, 2021, he said 1,735,630 doses have been delivered to Mindanao.
He said they also just recently deployed almost half million doses to the most affected areas of Mindanao, including 210,000 doses of Pfizer in Davao Region, 35,000 doses in Cagayan de Oro City and additional vaccines to Dipolog, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, Zamboanga del Sur, General Santos City, Koronadal, Bukidnon and Butuan City. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)