PH gets three million more Sinovac doses in biggest single delivery

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19)— The country's stockpile of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines continues to grow as another three million doses arrived on Thursday.

The plane carrying the latest batch of the government-procured shots — the biggest single-day delivery — landed past 5 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

"Lahat ng procurement natin, ito [ang] pinaka-malaking delivery. And we are so happy that we were accommodated by the Sinovac Biotech na talagang mabigyan tayo ng three million, kasi kailangang kailangan natin talaga sa mga probinsya," Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez told reporters during the arrival ceremony.

[Translation: From all of our procurement, this is the biggest delivery. And we are so happy that we were accommodated by the Sinovac Biotech for three million (doses), because we really need these for the provinces.]

The new shipment forms part of the 26 million doses the national government has ordered from the Chinese firm.

Last week, the country also received two million Sinovac doses.

Earlier, Galvez said while the government will continue to buy Sinovac shots, it is also considering shifting procurement efforts to prioritize western brands like Pfizer and Moderna.

READ: Govt. eyes prioritizing buying more Pfizer, Moderna vaccines over Sinovac – Galvez