MANILA (UPDATED) — Another batch of 1 million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine vials arrived in the Philippines on Monday morning.
The Cebu Pacific flight that transported the vaccine from Beijing arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at 7:30 a.m.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, testing czar Vince Dizon, and Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian were present during the vaccine's arrival.
This latest shipment is the fifth batch of vaccines delivered, the national COVID-19 task force said, adding a total of 6.5 million doses have been shipped to the Philippines, this month.
On Sunday, the country received its first shipment of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine containing 249,600 doses.
Galvez hopes that as the country’s vaccine chest grows, they would be able to accelerate further the inoculation drive.
“We are working hard to secure more vaccines for our countrymen, and ramp up our vaccination drive so that we can realize our goal of achieving population protection and herd immunity within the year,” he said.
- With reports from Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News