Philippine Airlines flight PR359 carrying three million doses of the Sinovac vaccine lands at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City on Tuesday (Aug. 31, 2021). Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. welcomed the shipment along with other officials. (PNA photo by Robert Oswald Alfiler)

More than three million doses of purchased Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines arrived in the country Tuesday night, bolstering the supply as instances of the highly infectious Delta form of COVID-19 increase.

At about 6 p.m., three million doses of the China-made Sinovac vaccine arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 onboard Philippine Airlines flight PR359, while 15,000 doses of Sputnik V (Component 2) arrived at Terminal 3 at about 11 p.m. aboard Qatar Airlines flight QR928.

National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., who was present during the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine, said following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directives, the latest shipment would be allotted to areas with high Covid-19 cases.

“Ibibigay (i)to sa Region(s) 4-A, 3, ‘yung mga regions na may surge sa ngayon – Region 7, Region 3, Region 6. I believe ‘yung mga delivery na darating sa September ay sa probinsya. I believe sa NCR (National Capitol Region), ibibigay natin [ang] second dose,” Galvez told reporters.

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The latest vaccine deliveries bring to 51,900,590 the total number of vaccine doses delivered to the country since February.

More than 31.3 million doses of the country’s total vaccine supply are government-procured.

Data from the NTF show that as of August 30, the country has administered a total of 33,306,355 doses nationwide, with 19.4 million doses given as the first shot. More than 13.8 million people are now fully vaccinated.

In the NCR, 45.16 percent of the region’s 9.77 million target population are fully vaccinated.

Other regions, however, still have to catch up with the NCR’s inoculation rate, as less than 22 percent of their respective target populations are fully vaccinated.

Galvez reiterated that “all vaccines work against severe infection and hospitalization.”

He also appealed to the public to get the vaccine as soon as it is available in their areas. (PNA)

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