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COVID-19 vaccine deliveries and rollout in the Philippines

June 15, 2021

ECCP Online

(CNN Philippines) — The government is aiming to vaccinate up to 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, hoping to achieve herd immunity to protect the population against rising coronavirus cases and even faster-spreading strains.

To keep track of these goals, CNN Philippines lists the government's schedule of delivery and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines for the year, as laid down by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

FIRST QUARTER

February 28 - arrival of 600,000 Sinovac doses donated by China

March 1 - vaccination drive for medical frontliners kicks off

March 4 - arrival of 487,200 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility

March 7 - arrival of 38,400 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility

March 24 - arrival of 400,000 Sinovac doses donated by China

March 24 to 26 - expected arrival of 979,200 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility (delayed)

March 29 - arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

March 29 - Metro Manila LGUs start vaccination of senior citizens

March 31 - Metro Manila LGUs start vaccination of adults with comorbidities

Expected total vaccine supply by end of March: 3,504,800 total doses

Total doses that arrived in the country: 2,525,600

Vaccinated Filipinos as of March 23: 508,332

SECOND QUARTER

April

April 11 - arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

April 22 - arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

April 25 - expected arrival of 15,000 Sputnik V doses from Russia's Gamaleya (further pushed back to April 28, then May 1)

April 29 - arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

Total doses that arrived in the country: 4,025,600

Target number to be vaccinated: 500,000 to 1 million Filipinos per week

Vaccinated Filipinos as of April 29: 1,562,815 (first dose), 246,986 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated: 0.35% of 70 million Filipinos

May

May 1 - arrival of 15,000 purchased Sputnik V doses

May 1 - vaccine drive for minimum wage workers and overseas Filipino workers start

May 7 - arrival of purchased 1.5 million out of 2 million Sinovac doses promised this month

May 8 - arrival of 2,030,400 AstraZeneca doses via COVAX

May 10 - arrival of 193,050 Pfizer doses via COVAX

May 12 - arrival of 15,000 purchased Sputnik V doses

May 20 - arrival of the remaining 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses for this month

May 30 - arrival of 50,000 purchased Sputnik V doses

expected arrival of 2.2 million Pfizer doses via COVAX within the month (pushed to June 10)

Expected total vaccine supply by end of May: 11,779,050

Total doses that arrived in the country: 8,329,050

Target number to be vaccinated: 1 million to 2 million Filipinos per week

Vaccinated Filipinos as of May 30: 3,974,350 (first dose), 1,206,371 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated: 1.72% of 70 million Filipinos

June

June 6 - arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

June 7 - vaccine drive for essential workers start

June 10 - arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses and 2,279,160 COVAX-donated Pfizer doses

June 11  - arrival of 100,000 purchased Sinovac doses

expected arrival of 250,000 doses from United States' Moderna within the month

expected total shipment for the month:

- 4.5 million Sinovac doses

- 2 million Sputnik V doses

- 2 million AstraZeneca doses

Expected doses by end of June: 21,829,050

Total doses that arrived in the country as of June 13: 12,708,210

Target number to be vaccinated: 2 million to 3 million Filipinos per week

Vaccinated Filipinos as of June 13: 5,014,582 (first dose), 1,855,472 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated as of June 13: 2.6% of 70 million Filipinos

THIRD QUARTER

July

- 3 million Sinovac doses

- 4 million Sputnik V doses

- 1 million Moderna doses

- 2 million Novavax doses

- 1.5 million Johnson & Johnson doses

- 2 million AstraZeneca doses

Target number to be vaccinated: 2 million to 3 million Filipinos per week

August

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

September

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

FOURTH QUARTER

October

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

November

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

December

- 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

Total vaccine supply by end of 2021: 140.5 million doses

So far, there are seven manufacturers that have already gotten regulatory approval in the country: Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Bharat Biotech. But the government has only signed supply agreements with Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax.

As of June, the Philippines has been vaccinating up to 150,000 doses daily, according to Galvez. He said the government hopes to ramp this up to 500,000 to 700,000 doses per day by the fourth quarter. Health experts have been recommending that the country must have an average of 590,000 daily inoculations to achieve herd immunity among 70 million Filipinos by yearend.

The government is also prioritizing areas with high COVID-19 cases which are Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Pampanga, Batangas, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao — collectively known as the NCR+8 — to achieve herd immunity by November.

The country can even achieve herd immunity by September or October if cities can increase their vaccination pace to a daily rate of 8,000 to 10,000 shots, Galvez added.

Meanwhile, vaccination for the A5 or indigent citizens may start in different localities in addition to existing priority groups if current supply purchased by the government or donated via COVAX is enough, the Health Department said in a briefing.

Source: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/3/25/TIMELINE-COVID-19-vaccines-deliveries-rollout-Philippines.html?fbclid=IwAR3IS_Ix4c3XHHNuLmATQMzUTn6hSeYszdKfMXhfZui30KCMZGBjTmy1CA8

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