Singapore has begun reviewing data on China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, and has asked for more information from the biopharmaceutical company, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). Christopher Lawrence Go, NTF Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ambassador Huang Xilian and other officials from the Inter-Agency Task Group and DOH welcomed the arrival of the additional donated CoronaVac doses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). Metro Manila, however, has only used close to 60 percent of its 1st dose allocations The second dose for the Sinovac vaccine should be administered after four weeks, while AstraZeneca should be between one to three months later.
China delivered a first batch of donated Sinovac vaccines to the Philippines on February 28.
The country took delivery of about 400,000 additional doses of Coronavac developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd., the Department of Health and the National Task Force against COVID-19 said in a joint statement.
"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", Duque said.
The Philippines now has 677,653 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 12,992 deaths.
"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. On Monday (March 29) PAL will again send an all-cargo flight to bring the first batch of one million CoronaVac jabs bought from Sinovac.
For the second quarter, 5.5 million vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the Philippines in April.
"We are all entitled to be vaccinated".
Seven laboratories failed to submit their data on March 23, it said.