China pledges to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Philippines

China pledges to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — China pledged Thursday that it will donate more COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, which will boost Manila’s jab supply amid the threat of the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant.

“As the Philippines is facing an increase in demand of vaccines, we will donate more and substantively increase supply of vaccines to the Philippines,” Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said during the inauguration of the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge that connects the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong.

The Chinese envoy did not specify how many doses would be donated and what vaccine brand they will be giving to the Philippines.

The China-made Sinovac shot currently makes up the bulk of the Philippines’ vaccine supply, accounting for 18.5 million of the 32,861,300 doses Manila has so far received. Of these doses, one million were donated by the Chinese government.

Japan and the United States have also donated vaccines to the Philippines, with Tokyo giving Manila 1,124,100 AstraZeneca doses and Washington providing 3,240,850 Johnson & Johnson doses through the global vaccine sharing platform COVAX facility.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has also pledged to donate 415,000 AstraZeneca doses to the Philippines.

Data presented by Malacañang on Thursday show that 7.27 million, or just 6.66% of the population, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, far behind the government’s goal of inoculating at least 50 to 60 million people by year-end, a target that has been revised downward from its initial aim of vaccinating 70 million to achieve herd immunity.

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LATEST UPDATE: July 29, 2021 – 6:06pm

A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." (Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file)

July 29, 2021 – 6:06pm

China will donate more COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian says at the inauguration of the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Mandaluyong and Makati.

"As the Philippines is facing an increase in demand of vaccines, we will donate more and substantively increase supply of vaccines to the Philippines," Huang says.

July 5, 2021 – 2:23pm

At least 2.9 million Filipinos or about 2.6% of the 110 million population have been fully vaccinated as of July 4.

  • Total doses administered: 11,708,029
  • 1st dose: 8,839,124
  • 2nd dose (fully vaccinated): 2,868,905

[VACCINE ROLLOUT UPDATE: 05 July 2021]

As of 04 July 2021, 6PM, a total of 11,708,029 doses have already been administered. 8,839,124 have received their first doses while 2,868,905 have already completed the required 2 doses. pic.twitter.com/xg2pXsMECv

— Department of Health (@DOHgovph) July 5, 2021

July 4, 2021 – 11:51am

The inter-agency task force on COVID-19 has finalized protocols for fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Intrazonal travel for fully vaccinated senior citizens within areas under GCQ and MGCQ shall be allowed, subject to presentation of vaccination card or certificate of quarantine completion.
  • The presentation of a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card shall be sufficient alternatives to any testing requirement for interzonal travel.
  • The traveler needs to undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival in the destination.
  • In case fully vaccinated individuals are close contacts of COVID-19 cases they may undergo a 7-day quarantine.
  • No testing and quarantine shall be required for close contacts who may have been traced beyond the 7th day from the last exposure and who remained asymptomatic.
July 1, 2021 – 5:18pm

One million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered to the Philippines this July, the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company says.

This will be followed by additional deliveries in the weeks and months following.

"The latest delivery estimates for the Philippines demonstrate our continuing partnership with COVAX, the national government, Department of Health, local government units, and the private sector, working together to help heal the nation," AstraZeneca Philippines country president Lotis Ramin says.

June 29, 2021 – 4:56pm

Japan will donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.

Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko says the vaccine shipment is expected to arrive in Manila on July 8.

"We are working double time so this donation reaches Philippine shores without delay. Stay tuned!" the Japanese envoy says on Twitter.

One step closer to the Philippines’ goal of herd immunity? Count us in! One million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from Japan are expected to arrive in Manila tentatively on July 8. We are working double time so this donation reaches Philippine shores without delay. Stay tuned!

— Ambassador of Japan in the Philippines (@AmbJPNinPH) June 29, 2021

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