5,807 COVID Cases Logged As Philippines Eyes 1.5 Million Daily Vaccinations

More vaccines arrived late last week.
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The Philippines on Saturday logged 5,807 COVID-19 infections as the country boosts vaccine supply to meet its goal of 50 million Filipinos inoculated by Christmas.

The day's tally brought active cases to 63,051. The Department of Health also recorded 9,578 new recoveries and 65 new deaths.

Since the start of the panemic, the Philippines logged a cumulative total of 2,751,667 infections, of which 2,647,031 recovered and 41,585 died.

Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila is expected to last until the end of October. Last Tuesday, select provinces shifted to the alert level-based quarantine system with restrictions also set to expire on Oct. 31.

Vaccination in the country has opened to minors and the general public. Adults can avail any vaccine brand of their choice, while only Pfizer or Moderna may be used on kids aged 12 to 17 years old as cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.

With more COVID-19 vaccines coming in, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country could vaccinate at least 70% of its total population by February next year, ahead of the presidential elections.

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