PH meets target vaccine supply; on-hand doses sufficient for over a month – Galvez

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The country has more than enough COVID-19 vaccines in its inventory to meet the public's inoculation needs for more than a month after it breached its target of 10 million on-hand shots, Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said on Tuesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) — The country has more than enough COVID-19 vaccines in its inventory to meet the public's inoculation needs for more than a month after it breached its target of 10 million on-hand shots, Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said on Tuesday.

Galvez said the country's vaccine supply hit 12,826,099, which can last 32 days - or up to August 17.

"Kampante po tayo na sa August 17 ay hindi po tayo mahihirapan [at hindi] na magkaroon ng shortage," he said in a statement.

[Translation: We are confident that by August 17, we will not have difficulties or any shortage.]

The country received its largest vaccine delivery from July 1 to 19 with the arrival of 10,464,550 doses, according to Galvez. The government also expects another 9,353,340 shots before the end of the month, with the initial goal of receiving a monthly total of 16 million doses.

The total number of delivered donations are at 27,922,360, of which over 15 million have been administered to the public as of July 17 - an achievement reached just three days after the country hit the 14 millionth mark, Galvez pointed out.

The OCTA research team earlier said the country could see a resurgence of coronavirus infections - similar to the peaks in March and April - due to the highly contagious Delta variant, unless vaccination efforts pick up.

Galvez assured the public the government has deployed vaccines to regions placed on lockdown, especially to areas where the Delta variant has been detected, such as Cagayan De Oro City and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental.