MANILA – The Philippines has received one million more doses of China’s Sinovac novel coronavirus vaccine, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) announced on Sunday.
The country had previously acquired 5.5 million shots, which include the one million doses donated by the Chinese government.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and NTF Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. witnessed the arrival of the vaccine doses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on June 6.
According to Galvez, 4.5 million more doses are expected to be delivered this month: one million shots on June 10, and the remaining 3.5 million doses later this month.
“Ito po ay nabili natin through the DOH (Department of Health) fund. GAA (General Appropriations Act) po ‘yan,” he said.
The government has started its COVID-19 vaccination program for economic frontline workers or those under the A4 priority group last June 7. - Florenda Corpuz
(Photo courtesy of the National Task Force Against COVID-19)