China donates 1 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccines

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MANILA – Ambassador Huang Xilian declared on Thursday that the Chinese government will donate 1 million more doses of Sinovac vaccine to the Philippines.

The new donations are anticipated to arrive in Manila next week, according to the ambassador.

“I am glad to inform that the Chinese government has decided to donate another 1 million doses of Sinovac vaccines,” he said. “I hope that the vaccines will further facilitate the ongoing vaccination roll-out and promote early economic and social recovery in the Philippines.”

The additional vaccines would bring the total number of vaccines donated by the Chinese government to 3 million.

In the first quarter of this year, China sent 1 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine and another 1 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine in August 2021.

The additional assistance is expected to benefit the Philippines in its vaccination rollout, especially given its goal of immunizing 80 to 90% of the population by the first quarter of 2022.

The government has secured 187.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for 2021 as of October 4, with 77.4 million doses delivered since February.

With the steady vaccine deliveries, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. expressed optimism that the total vaccine shipments to the country would reach the 100-million mark by the end of October and increase to 160 million doses by yearend.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.