Bulk shipment of Sinovac vaccines arrives in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — The country's COVID-19 vaccine supply received a major boost on Friday as an additional 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccines arrived in Manila from Beijing.

This is the seventh batch of vaccine deliveries from the Chinese manufacturer.

Authorities are also expecting the possible arrival of two million doses of the British-made AstraZeneca vaccines on Saturday. If this pushes through, it will be the third batch of vaccines that will be coming from the COVAX facility. COVAX is a global initiative led by the World Health Organization, vaccine alliance Gavi, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations that seeks member countries' equitable access to coronavirus vaccines.

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If all deliveries go according to plan, a total of 3.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccines will be arriving in a span of two days —the biggest yet.

Latest data show over 4 million doses have been delivered in the country. More than half a million are AstraZeneca, 3.5 million are Sinovac, and 15,000 doses of Russia-made Sputnik V. Over 320,000 have completed their vaccination, while 1.7 million have received their first doses.

The government needs to inoculate at least 70 million Filipinos to achieve herd immunity. But so far, less than one percent of that target has been achieved.