What are the most recent updates on vaccinations? How many people have tested positive for COVID-19? How many people have survived, and how many have died? What actions is the Philippine government doing to address this issue?
Here’s what we know so far about the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
On Tuesday, July 20, the Philippines reported that approximately 5 million individuals have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as surveys indicated that more Filipinos are now ready and willing to be immunized, reducing worries over vaccine safety.
Since the rollout began in March, authorities have administered 15.6 million doses of different COVID-19 vaccine brands across the country, according to Palace spokesperson Harry Roque in a news conference.
It might be argued that the Philippines is not receiving enough doses to fully vaccinate its population—even if the distribution were balanced.
According to Roque, 10,585,261 individuals have already had their first dose, and 5,031,301 have already received their second dose or are fully vaccinated.
More than 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and 2.5 million doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine are scheduled to arrive in the country on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow, July 22, we expect the delivery of 1.5 million doses of Sinovac and on Friday, another 1 million doses of Sinovac are expected to arrive,” he said.
Roque also stated that the Philippines hopes to vaccinate 58 to 70 million people this year in order to safely reopen the economy.
According to the DOH, the national active case count currently stands at 47,996 after 6,560 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, July 21, with 5,364 beaten the virus. It also reported 32 more deaths, pushing the death toll to 26,874.