Philippines secures 25 million doses of Sinovac vaccine

    MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. affirmed the announcement made by the Department of Health on the 25 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine that was secured by the national government and is expected to arrive next month, February.

    President Rodrigo Duterte and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III
    President Rodrigo Duterte and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III. PCOO

    “Ang paunang darating po ay 50,000 doses lamang ng vaccine galing sa Sinovac. Pero at least magsisimula na rin po tayo,” said Roque during a press briefing on January 11, 2021.

    He added that the number of doses of Sinovac that was secured by the government is in addition to the 15,000 doses of the vaccine that will be used in the clinical trial that will be conducted here in the Philippines, which will result to some 65,000 Filipinos who will receive the vaccine by February.

    “Sa susunod na buwan po ng Marso magkakaroon tayo ng 950,000 na additional doses ng nasabing Sinovac at sa Abril, 1 million dose, sa Mayo, 1 million dose, sa June, 2 million hanggang mabuo ang 25 million pagdating ng Disyembre,” Roque explained.

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    Secretary Roque, who is the concurrent IATF Spokesperson, added that other countries outside China, such as Turkey, Thailand, and Indonesia have found Sinovac safe and effective.

    With the news on the increasing number of COVID-19 vaccines that the national government has secured for the Filipinos, the Palace spokesman once again reiterated the geographical and sectoral priorities for the vaccines. Leading the list of geographical priorities are the National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Region XI, Region IV-A, Cebu City, and Davao City.

    Sectoral priorities are the frontline health workers, indigent senior citizens, the remaining senior citizen population, indigents, and uniformed personnel.

    — The Summit Express

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