More Sinovac vaccines arrive in PH, more equitable supply share eyed this month

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 14) — Another one million government-procured Sinovac vaccines doses arrived in the country on Wednesday. This is part of the 2.5 million COVID-19 shots from the Chinese manufacturer to be delivered this week.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the 2.5 million vaccine doses from Sinovac will mostly be allocated for second dose. The vaccines can be administered immediately since the certificate of analysis, which has been a cause of delay in the previous shipments, has been submitted.

The official added that regions outside of the National Capital Region can expect bigger allocations in the coming weeks.

"Starting July, magkakaroon na tayo ng [We will have] more or less equitable distribution," he said during the arrival ceremony.

A total of 21.779 million vaccine doses have arrived in the country since March, with 3.8 million Filipinos completing their vaccination. Another 9.93 million people have received their first dose.

The country's first ever shipment of Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines and the AstraZeneca shots ordered by the local governments and private sector will arrive next week. Another 2.5 million Sinovac shots will be delivered on July 21.

Galvez added that the Philippines administered its highest single-day vaccination on Tuesday at 375,059.