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Philippines receives 3M more Coronavac doses.
The Philippines has received an additional 3 million doses of the Coronavac vaccine from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac. This latest shipment brings the total number of Coronavac doses received by the country to 25 million.
The arrival of these vaccines is a welcome development for the Philippines, which has been grappling with a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The country has recorded over 1.3 million cases and more than 23,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
The government has been ramping up its vaccination efforts in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. As of August 16, over 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, with around 10% of the population fully vaccinated.
The Coronavac vaccine has been the most widely used vaccine in the Philippines so far, with over 16 million doses administered. It has been approved for emergency use by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since February 2021.
Despite some concerns about its efficacy, the Coronavac vaccine has been shown to be effective in preventing severe illness and hospitalization. It has also been found to be safe and well-tolerated by most people.
The government has been working to secure more vaccine doses from various sources, including the COVAX facility, which aims to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries. The Philippines has also signed deals with other vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
However, the country still faces challenges in its vaccination rollout, including vaccine hesitancy and logistical issues. The government has been working to address these challenges by launching information campaigns and improving its vaccine distribution system.
The arrival of the additional Coronavac doses is a step forward in the Philippines’ fight against COVID-19. With more vaccines on the way, the country is hopeful that it can achieve herd immunity and bring an end to the pandemic.