1M govt-procured Sinovac shots arrive in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23) — The Philippines' stockpile of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines continues to grow after a shipment carrying one million doses arrived on Friday.

This is the second Sinovac shipment that was sent to the country this week. On Thursday, the Chinese firm delivered 1.5 million vaccine shots.

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 are expected to be delivered by September, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles earlier said. China also earlier donated 1 million Sinovac doses.

The country has so far received over 30 million doses of various vaccine brands. Around 15.6 million shots have already been administered, with five million Filipinos now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of July 21.