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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

PH expects delivery of around 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of October

The Philippines expects to receive around 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of October, the country’s vaccine czar told President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday.

Presidential Adviser on Peace Process and National Task Force against Coronavirus Disease-2019 (NTF COVID-19) chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., gives an update to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on September 20, 2021. ROEMARI LIMOSNERO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
In a briefing, the country’s vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country has recorded the highest weekly volume with the delivery of at least 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week.

The vaccines are composed of 5 million doses from Sinovac; 2,774,400 from Pfizer, (including from COVAX facility), 961,000 doses from Moderna, 661,200 doses from AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V Component II from Russia.

This raises the country’s total vaccine inventory to 64,942,000. By the end of September or the first week of October, Galvez expects additional 22 million doses to arrive.

In the final week of September or first week of October, the country will also get 5,626,650 doses of the second batch of Pfizer vaccine, according to Galvez.

“We have now a steadier supply from Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and COVAX,” said Galvez, who is also the chief implementer of the National Task Forces Against COVID-19.

The vaccine czar also stated that the government would negotiate with the Russian Direct Investment Fund to obtain supply of the single dose Sputnik Light jab.

The government has so far administered 41,414,015 doses, with 22,853,606 people receiving the first dose and 18,560,409 getting the full dose. It recorded an average daily dose of 405,669.

Galvez said the total number of people who have been vaccinated accounts for 24.06 percent of the 70 percent of the country’s target population and 16.84 percent of the overall population. PND