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6.4M COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in Philippines before June 2021 ends — Galvez


Around 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers will arrive in the Philippines before June ends, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Tuesday.

“For these coming weeks, we are expected to receive 6.4 million vaccines,” Galvez said at a Senate hearing.

He disclosed that the incoming vaccines will fill the government’s target deliveries of 10,804,820 COVID-19 jabs for this month.

Four million COVID-19 vaccines from Beijing-based pharmaceutical firm Sinovac will arrive in the country within the month of June. The delivery of the 2.5 million jabs is set on the following dates:

  • 1.5 million doses on June 17
  • 1 million jabs on June 24

Meanwhile, Galvez's presentation showed that the remaining 1.5 million Sinovac jabs will arrive within the month, but the date of delivery has yet to be announced.

Around 250,000 COVID-19 vaccines from United States’ Moderna will also be delivered on June 25. This number includes 50,000 doses for the private sector.

By the third week of June, Galvez's presentation showed that 2.028 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States’ government through the COVAX facility will be delivered to the Philippines.

An additional 150,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V will also arrive in the country within the month. The date of delivery is yet to be announced, according to Galvez’s presentation.

For the month of July, around 11.670 million COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be delivered to the country.

“Before the end of the second quarter, we will be receiving a total of 30,803,870,” Galvez said.

For the third and last quarter of 2021, Galvez said the Philippines is expecting to receive an average of 15 to 20 million COVID-19 jabs per month.

From February to May, the country had already received 8,329,050 COVID-19 doses.

Earlier, Galvez said the government expects to achieve its target of herd immunity in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces by November.

The government is eyeing the inoculation of at least 70% of the country's population to achieve herd immunity before the end of 2021.

Currently, the government started vaccinating the medical frontliners, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, and the economic frontliners— RSJ, GMA News

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