PH receives 3-M more Sinovac doses

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) — The country welcomed 3 million more doses of the Sinovac vaccine on Sunday.

The shipment arrived at past 6 p.m. at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Two million doses of the vaccine were procured by the government, while 1 million were donated by China.

They are the latest batch of shots to arrive in the country. On Oct. 22, some 1.7 million doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines were received by authorities.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said the country was 2.5 million vaccines short of the 100 million mark, which he believed could be surpassed by the end of the month.

"Ang nakikita natin [What we're seeing], we are very confident...we are now 2.5 million short of the 100 million. So, we now have 97,678,340 vaccines (including those) that arrived today. And more vaccines will arrive next week. So, we are looking into the possibility that we will reach more than 100 million vaccines within next week," he said during the arrival of the Sinovac doses.

With the ample vaccine supply, Galvez said they are focusing now on problems regarding logistics.

Over 25 million people have received full protection from COVID-19 since the start of the vaccination program in March, but it is still far from the revised 90% target to achieve population protection.