The Philippines crossed another milestone in its efforts to vaccinate 10% of the population against the COVID-19.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the national vaccine manager announced that around 24.1 million different doses were administered nationwide – 12,9 million for the first and 11,2 million for the second, respectively.
So far, 15.88% of the targeted eligible population – individuals 18 years and older – and 10.13% of the total population have been administrated by the Philippines.
“Our numbers are very good, and we can see that within the span of two days we can get one million [doses],” he said.
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The Philippine government announced last week that the country will get 415,00 doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by the British-Swedish corporation AstraZeneca as a donation from the United Kingdom.
The AstraZeneca vaccines are part of the first batch of 100 million doses to be supplied by British External Secretary Dominic Raab in impoverished countries throughout the world.
He said in a statement from British Embassy Manilla: ‘We are doing this to support the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is protected.’
If you recall, during the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum on July 21, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, chairperson of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, and NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., announced that the Philippines has so far secured a total of 164 million vaccine doses from different vaccine manufacturers for this year. This implies that in the following months, the number of Filipinos who will get vaccinated will rise.