Another 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Beijing-based Sinovac Biotech were received by the Philippines on Monday, its first batch of procured coronavirus shots worth P700 million, as cases of COVID-19 in the country reached another all-time high.
According to Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna, an all-cargo flight from Beijing carrying the new CoronaVac supply arrived in Manila at 4:04 p.m.
This newest batch of delivery increases the country’s total stockpile of coronavirus vaccines to a little over 2.5 million doses, more than 650,000 of which have already been administered.
The Department of Health said that the 1 million jabs is part of the 25 million procured by the government from Sinovac.
President Rodrigo Duterte, National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian received the vaccine doses at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.