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Philippines hits 12M COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

More than four months since the launch of its inoculation program, the Philippines has administered 12 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the deputy chief implementer of the government’s pandemic response said Tuesday.

“We’re here now to announce to you, lumampas po ang apat na araw, naka 1 million na naman tayo ulit; 12 million [doses administered] na po tayo ngayon,” Secretary Vince Dizon said in a ceremonial vaccination event in Clark.

(We’re here now to announce to you that four days have passed and we administered another 1 million doses; we are now at 12 million doses administered.)

On Monday, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 said 11,708,029 doses had been administered as of July 4. 

A total of 8,839,124 people have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine while 2,868,905 have been fully vaccinated.

The Philippines aims to vaccinate 50 million to 70 million people this year by administering 500,000 doses daily.

The average number of doses administered daily stood at 254,141 as of July 4.

“Dumating lang po ang supply natin… tingin ko po ang mga mayors natin, ang mga governor natin all over the country, kaya po nating i-achieve ‘yung goal natin for this year,” Dizon said.

(I think our mayors, our governors all over the country can help us achieve our goal for this year once supplies arrive.)

Vaccine brands currently part of the Philippines’ portfolio are Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sputnik V, and Moderna.

The country has tallied over 1.4 million COVID-19 cases with more than 1.3 million recoveries and 25,192 deaths as of Monday afternoon. —KBK, GMA News