The Philippines is expected to receive 3.5 million more COVID-19 vaccines in the next two days, the chairperson of the Senate health committee said Thursday, as the country moved to vaccinate up to 50 million people this year.
Around 1.5 million doses of Sinovac jabs from China will arrive on Friday, followed by 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines courtesy of the World Health Organization-led COVAX on Saturday, said Sen. Bong Go.
"Malaking tulong lalo na ang AstraZeneca dahil marami sa ating mga medical frontliners, senior citizens at yung merong co-morbidities ang nabigyan na ng first dose nito at nag-iintay na lang maturukan ng kanilang second dose," Go told a Senate hearing.
Manila has so far secured 4.04 million vaccine doses, mostly from donations, as it struggles with short global supply that prompted it to downgrade the 2021 vaccination goal to 50 million from 70 million.
More than 1.7 million Filipinos have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of May 4, according to the Department of Health.