Third placer: Philippine­s’ vaccine rollout catching up with Asean peers–palace

- By Samuel P. Medenilla @sam_medenilla

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the Philippine­s is now the third country in Southeast Asia with the most number of people who got their first jab of novel coronaviru­s disease (Covid-19) vaccine.

This after the government was able to breach the 1-million mark in terms of the number of people covered by its inoculatio­n drive.

Citing collated data from Microsoft, Presidenti­al spokesman Harry Roque said 1.1 million people that were vaccinated in the country as of Sunday, which comes next to Indonesia (14.7 million) and Singapore (1.7 million).

“Despite our shortage in the supply [of Covid-19 vaccine], we are still the third in Asean [in terms of vaccinatio­n],” Roque said.

Last Tuesday, Chief Implemente­r of the government’s national policy on Covid-19 Carlito G. Galvez said 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive this month. Of these, 1.5 million will come from Chinese pharmaceut­ical firm Sinovac Biotech, while the remaining will be purchased from the Russian company, Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiolo­gy.

Galvez said the government has already deployed over half of its 2.5 million doses of Sinovac and Astrazenec­a vaccines.

The government is targeting to vaccinate 50 million to 70 million people within the year.

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