1 million doses of Sinovac vaccine arrive in Manila

Maris Federez   •   July 14, 2021   •   475

MANILA, Philippines — Another one million doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.

Cebu Pacific flight 5J 671 carrying one million doses of government-procured Sinovac landed at the Bay 116 ramp of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. witnessed the arrival of the jabs.

He said this latest vaccine delivery will be immediately deployed to the Metro Manila local government units (LGU), with the majority of the jabs to be used as second doses.

Another 1.5 million CoronaVac doses will be delivered on July 17, Galvez said.

The vaccine czar added that around 1.17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that are procured by the LGUs and the private sector are scheduled to arrive on July 16.

The latest shipment brings the country’s total number of vaccine doses at 21,779,910, according to the NTF chief implementer. —/mbmf

NTF tells public not to panic, strictly follow health protocols amid threat of Omicron variant

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 has called on the public to remain calm and continue adhering to the health and safety protocols set by the government amid the threat of a new and highly mutated coronavirus variant called Omicron (B.1.1.529).

NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. assured that the government is closely monitoring all developments related the new variant.

The variant, first detected in South Africa, has been classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Huwag po kayong mag-alala, huwag po kayong mag-panic. Sundin lang po natin ang minimum health standards at protocols, magsuot po ng face mask, at hopefully magawa natin ‘yung ating ginawa sa Delta variant where we were able to completely manage yung [virus and prevent] possible unnecessary loss of lives at economy,” Galvez said in a statement.

He said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has started discussions on the recalibration of the government’s strategies to combat the new variant as well as the scaling up of treatment therapies in hospitals.

“With the coming of the Omicron, we want to make sure that our focused targets, the A1 to A3, the most vulnerable ay [mabakunahan] po natin. In this case, kapag nakuha po natin ‘yan, mako-control natin ang critical disease, hospitalization at excessive deaths,” Galvez said.

“Ang aming panagawan din sa lahat ng ating kababayan, ‘yung mga wala pang bakuna, magpabakuna na. During the onslaught of the Delta [variant], nakita natin na karamihan ng casualties at severe cases ay 75-85% unvaccinated,” he added.

Despite the threat of the new COVID-19 variant, the vaccine czar said the national government remains committed to achieve its target milestones by next year.

These include fully vaccinating at least 77 million Filipinos by the first quarter of 2022 and starting the inoculation for minors aged 5 to 11.

By the second quarter of 2022, the government shall have fully vaccinated 90 million individuals, in time for the national elections, Galvez said.

The rest of the Filipino population is expected to be fully vaccinated by the third quarter of next year based on the national government’s vaccination synchronization matrix, he added.

700K AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by Australia arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Australian government arrived in the Philippines Wednesday morning, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The shipment  landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 around 9:45 a.m.

Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson handed over the vaccines to NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III upon its arrival.

Robinson said these vaccine doses are part of their government’s domestic supply.

He said that overall, the Australian government will provide a total of 3.6 million vaccine doses to the Philippines by the end of 2022.

Philippine authorities thanked the Australian government for its generosity and substantial donation of vaccines.

The delivery of AstraZeneca doses comes ahead of the country’s upcoming three-day national vaccination drive on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 which aims to to inoculate 15 million Filipinos.

To date, more than 33.8 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the vaccination drive was launched in March.


Over 682K Moderna vaccine doses arrive in Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the country Tuesday morning, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment contains a total of 682,360 vaccine doses procured by the Philippine government.

Since February, the country has received over 130 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccine brands.

The latest shipment is expected to be used in the inoculation of booster doses for senior citizens and selected immunocompromised individuals.

As of November 22, a total of 33,847,741 individuals have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease, according to government data.


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