2 million more Sinovac doses arrive in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 24) - The country on Thursday received two million more doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, the fourth batch from China’s Sinovac Biotech to arrive this month.

Of the delivery, 1.6 million doses were procured by the national government, while 400,000 were bought by the city government of Manila, according to the National Task Force Against COVID-19.

The plane carrying the vaccines landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and was welcomed by Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, and Vice Mayor Honeylet Lacuña.

This brought to 5.5 million the total number of CoronaVac doses delivered to the Philippines this June.

Some 2.2 million doses from American firm Pfizer and another 100,000 from Russia's Sputnik V also arrived this month.

The country still expects 250,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine on June 27.

To date, over 1.37 million people have contracted the coronavirus, with active cases standing at 49,862.

As of June 20, official data show some 8.4 million vaccine doses have been administered to 6.2 million people nationwide, around 2.1 million of whom have completed their second dose.

The government targets to inoculate some 50 to 70 million Filipinos by yearend.