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TIMELINE: COVID-19 vaccine deliveries and rollout in the Philippines

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(CNN Philippines) — The government is aiming to vaccinate up to 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, hoping to achieve herd immunity to protect the population against rising coronavirus cases and even faster-spreading strains.

To keep track of these goals, CNN Philippines lists the government's schedule of delivery and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines for the year, as laid down by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

FIRST QUARTER

February 28 - arrival of 600,000 Sinovac doses donated by China

March 1 - vaccination drive for medical frontliners kicks off

March 4 - arrival of 487,200 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility

March 7 - arrival of 38,400 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility

March 24 - arrival of 400,000 Sinovac doses donated by China

March 24 to 26 - expected arrival of 979,200 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility (delayed)

March 29 - arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

March 29 - Metro Manila LGUs start vaccination of senior citizens

March 31 - Metro Manila LGUs start vaccination of adults with comorbidities

Expected total vaccine supply by end of March: 3,504,800 total doses

Total doses that arrived in the country: 2,525,600

Vaccinated Filipinos as of March 23: 508,332

SECOND QUARTER

April

April 11 - arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

April 22 - arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

April 25 - expected arrival of 15,000 Sputnik V doses from Russia's Gamaleya (further pushed back to April 28, then May 1)

April 29 - arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

Total doses that arrived in the country: 4,025,600

Target number to be vaccinated: 500,000 to 1 million Filipinos per week

Vaccinated Filipinos as of April 29: 1,562,815 (first dose), 246,986 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated: 0.23% of 108 million Filipinos

May

May 1 - arrival of 15,000 out of 2 million Sputnik V doses promised this month

May 1 - vaccine drive for minimum wage workers and overseas Filipino workers start

May 7 - expected arrival of 1.5 million out of 2 million Sinovac doses promised this month

- 2.6 million AstraZeneca doses

- 1 million doses via COVAX (AstraZeneca)

Target number to be vaccinated: 1 million to 2 million Filipinos per week

June

- vaccine drive for the rest of essential economic workers to kick off

- expected arrival of 194,000 doses from United States' Moderna

- 4.5 million Sinovac doses

- 4 million Sputnik V doses

- 1 million Novavax doses

Target number to be vaccinated: 2 million to 3 million Filipinos per week

THIRD QUARTER

July

- 3 million Sinovac doses

- 4 million Sputnik V doses

- 1 million Moderna doses

- 2 million Novavax doses

- 1.5 million Johnson & Johnson doses

- 2 million AstraZeneca doses

Target number to be vaccinated: 2 million to 3 million Filipinos per week

August

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

September

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

FOURTH QUARTER

October

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

November

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

December

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

Total vaccine supply by end of 2021: 140.5 million doses

So far, the country has been administering doses from Sinovac and AstraZeneca. The government scrambles to find unused stocks of AstraZeneca jabs from other countries as majority of the shipment has already been used up for first doses.

There are six manufacturers that have already gotten regulatory approval in the country: Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Bharat Biotech. But the government has only signed supply agreements with Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Moderna, and Novavax.

Payment for the delivery of 25 million Sinovac doses is ongoing, while the initial delivery of the 17 million procured AstraZeneca doses will start in May.

The government has already signed the supply agreement with Moderna, which covers 13 million doses for the government and 7 million for the private sector.

The supply agreement for 30 million Novavax doses was also signed during Galvez's meeting with representatives of Serum Institute of India.

Deals with at least three more drugmakers are still being finalized. Galvez said they expect to sign this week the country's supply agreement with Johnson & Johnson covering 5 million doses.

Negotiations are still ongoing and payments are underway for 15 million Sputnik V doses from Russia's Gamaleya. Continuous negotiations are also being done for some 25 million doses from Pfizer.

By May, the government may hold a simultaneous inoculation of health workers, senior citizens, and other priority groups as more vaccines are expected to enter Philippine territory.

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