PAL airlifts 400,000 doses of vaccines from China

A medical worker takes a box of Sinovac’s vaccine against the coronavirus disease from a refrigerator at a community health centre in Qingdao Shandong province China

A Philippine Airlines flight containing the vaccines arrived at 7:21 am.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said inn addition to the one million doses of CoronaVac donated by the Chinese government (600,000 in February and 400,000 yesterday), the government procured another one million doses from Sinovac. Several Philippine government officials together with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian were at the airport to see the arrival of the 400,000 vaccine doses.

"The arrival of these vaccines could not have occurred at a more opportune time considering the continued rise in cases, which in turn increases the need to inoculate more high-risk individuals as soon as possible", said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

"We hope we will continue to speed up the mass vaccination in this country so that you will win over the war against the virus and allow the economic recovery at an early date", he told reporters in an interview.

Go, meanwhile, said the government's first procurement will arrive on March 29, to be received by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

She says Canada will continue to work with the European Union and its member states to ensure that our essential health and medical supply chains remain open and resilient.

The Philippines has about 110 million population. Of that number, 1.5 to two million doses will be coming from Sinovac, three million from Gamaleya (Sputnik V), and one million from COVAX.

The Ministry of Health said last week that Vietnam's first domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, called Nanocovax, is expected to be put into use in 2022, noting that four Vietnamese companies were engaged in vaccine research and production and two were undertaking human tests. The supplies would be from Sinovac, Gamaleya, AstraZeneca, COVAX, and Moderna, Galvez said.

Gov. Brad Little announced Wednesday that all Idahoans 16 and older and regardless of medical conditions will be eligible to make appointments to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5.

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