PH receives 1.1 million more vaccine doses, thanks to Moderna, Sputnik

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Posted at Sep 18 2021 04:11 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2021 12:31 AM

PH welcomes 961,000 new Moderna vaccine doses 1
PH welcomes 961,000 new Moderna vaccine doses 2

Moderna vaccine does arrived at NAIA on Saturday. Courtesy of NTF COVID-19

Sputnik V vaccines arrive at NAIA on Saturday night. Courtesy of NTF COVID-19

MANILA (UPDATE) —The Philippines on Saturday received 961,000 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, raising to 5 million the total shots shipped by the drugmaker to the country, available data showed.

The vaccine doses, 712,800 of which will go to national government and 248,000 to the private sector, arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at about 3:45 p.m.

In an interview aired on the state television's Facebook page, Dr. Ted Herbosa, special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, said most of the jabs will be allocated to Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Cebu, and some portions of Visayas and Mindanao.

A small portion will be allocated to Metro Manila residents who will be receiving their second jabs of the Moderna vaccine.

The delivery is part of the 2 million expected Moderna vaccine arrivals this month.

Meanwhile, 190,000 doses of Sputnik V (Component 2) vaccines arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 Saturday night.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said government expected the arrival of the Sputnik V doses this week, despite being hampered by delays.

"We are apologizing for the delay of this Component 2 considering that we had some supply issues," said Galvez.

"As promised by the Russian Direct Investment Fund that these will be delivered today and we are very thankful they fulfilled their promise. We are hoping in the next deliveries there will be no more delays."

Galvez said the Component 2 Sputnik vaccines will be distributed in areas were the first doses were first delivered, particularly in Bohol, Isabela and Bacoor, the National Capital Region and some areas in Region 3 and Region 4-A.

Galvez said 2 million doses of Pfizer and 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccines were expected to arrive on Sunday.

In all, about 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses are set to be shipped this month, he added.

Besides Moderna vaccines, 3 million donated doses from the United Nations-backed COVAX Facility, 12 million from Sinovac, 5 million from Pfizer, 2 million from Moderna, 1 million doses of single-dose Sputnik Light, and 1 million shots from a "bilateral partner" are expected to arrive this month.

About 40.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country as of September 16, based on data gathered by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group.

Of the number, 22,541,383 have been vaccinated with the first dose, while 17,977,462 are considered "fully vaccinated" against COVID-19.