The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chairperson, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., announced during the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum on Wednesday that the Government has secured an additional 164 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for 2021.
These vaccines were purchased, procured, and bilaterally donated sufficient to vaccinate every Filipino. The vaccines are expected to arrive in the country over the next six months.
The 164 million doses include 26 million Sinovac doses procured from the government, 40 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses, 13 million Moderna doses, and 10 million Sputnik V doses.
“We see good figues of supply and delivery. We can say we are on track. The primary factor is that we have a steady supply,” Galvez said.
“Second, the LGUs’ capacity of administering 500,000 to 700,000 daily. Despite some delays on the deliveries, we were able to breach almost 400,000 [jabs] in a day,” he added.
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The first of two vaccine doses have been administered to about 10,585,261 individuals or 15.12% of the intended recipients of the inoculation program. Meanwhile, those who have gotten both vaccines to account for about 5,031,301 individuals, or 7.19 percent of those who have been vaccinated, and more than 4% of the country’s population.
According to data released by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., a total of 15,616,562 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across the country.