Over a million more Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the Philippines on Thursday as the country prepares to expand its inoculation program to the general public and children, authorities said.
Of the 1,233,300 doses, 863,800 will be for distribution of the government while the remaining 369,500 doses are part of the procured jabs of port magnate Enrique Razon's International Container Terminal Services.
The fresh batch of vaccines will be distributed to priority areas such as the Southern Tagalog Region, Central Luzon, and other areas seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, said Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., the government's vaccine czar.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this week approved the expansion of the government's COVID-19 vaccination program to the general public and to children. For children, the Department of Health said those with comorbidities would be prioritized.
As of Sept. 27, the Philippines has fully vaccinated 20,583, 580 against an initial target of 77 million this year.