By Prince Golez
The Philippine government will purchase 25 million doses of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech for delivery next month, Malacañang said Monday.
Quoting the Department of Health, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the first batch of 50,000 doses will arrive in February.
Another 950,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine will be available in March, he said, adding that more doses are expected in the coming months.
“Sangayon sa Department of Health, magkakaroon na po tayo ng ating unang 25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac at darating na ang bakuna sa Pilipinas sa susunod na buwan. Di ba sabi ko sa inyo ilang tulog na lang,” Roque said in his televised briefing.
The Palace official said the administration will also be able to acquire 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine Covavax from Serum Institute of India.
The said vaccine will be available to the general public in the third quarter of 2021, according to him.
As of Sunday, the Philippines logged a total of 487,690 Covid-19 cases, with 458,198 recoveries and 9,405 casualties.