Add’l 2M doses of Sinovac donated by China arrive in Manila
MANILA – The Philippines received on Tuesday 2 million additional doses of Sinovac vaccine donated by the Chinese government.
National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 Senior Implementation Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., as well as Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian, Under Secretary of Health Ma. Carolina Vidal- Taiño and NTF Strategic Communications on Current Chief of Operations Deputy Secretary Wilben Mayor welcomed the arrival of Philippine Airlines flight PR 359 which landed around 6 p.m. at Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
Galvez, also the vaccine czar, said Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines will be distributed to different remote communities.
“This will be needed for the first and second doses as well as for the boosters,” Galvez said in an interview.
Galvez noted that most people seek booster doses of Sinovac as part of the homologous booster vaccination.
The latest shipment brought the country’s total Sinovac vaccine to 54,030,400 doses, of which 4 million doses are donated by the Chinese government.
Xilian said the Chinese government is committed to helping the Philippines revive its economy by stepping up the Covid-19 vaccination program.
“We will continue to support the Philippines until the final victory against the pandemic,” Xilian said.
Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac has become the country’s main source of Covid-19 vaccines since February.
The Philippines is expected to receive more than 24 million doses of Covid-19 from various vaccine manufacturers by the end of this week. (ANP)