1.5M Sinovac vaccine shots arrive in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — The Philippines on Thursday morning received 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Chinese firm Sinovac, officials said.

The shipment arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Another one million Sinovac shots are expected to reach the country on Friday.

These two shipments will bring the total Sinovac deliveries this July to five million. Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje earlier said around six million doses from the Chinese firm will come in tranches this month.

All 26 million Sinovac doses bought by the national government is expected to be delivered by September, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles earlier said.

On Tuesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. reported the country now has more than enough supply in its inventory to meet the public's inoculation needs for over a month.

The country has so far received 29.98 million vaccines. Around 15.6 million doses have already been administered, with five million Filipinos now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.