Govt. aims to vaccinate 5 million Filipinos by June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — The government is targeting to inoculate with COVID-19 vaccines at least five million Filipinos by June, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Thursday.

“Bibigyan natin ng proteksyon, ang pinakamababa 5 milyong mga Filipino, between now and June. At pagdating ng July mas maraming proteksyon ang maibibigay natin,” Roque said in a briefing.

[Translation: We will provide protection to at least five million Filipinos between now and June. Come this July, we will provide more protection]

The government aims to vaccinate 50 to 70 million Filipinos this year.

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses is set to arrive in the country next month, Roque said. He added Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech will deliver an initial 50,000 doses in February.

The country has secured 25 million doses of Sinovac vaccine. It also signed deals for 30 million doses of Covovax from the Serum Institute of India and 17 million doses of United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Negotiations with other coronavirus vaccine developers are ongoing.

Roque also disclosed that COVID-19 doses from American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Russian firm Gamaleya are set to arrive next month, but added he was not at liberty to disclose how many doses will be delivered.