By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz
VAX DONATION. The first batch of China-donated CoronaVac vaccines that arrived in Manila on February 28, 2021. The second batch consisting of 400,000 doses will arrive this week. (Photo courtesy of China Embassy)
MANILA – A total of 400,000 more doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, manufactured by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech, will arrive this week, according to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Huang said this would be the second batch of vaccines China has donated to the Philippines after the arrival of the first batch of 600,000 doses on Feb. 28.
“My team has been working round the clock with our Philippine counterparts for the arrival later this week of 400,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government,” Huang said.
He emphasized the importance of immunizing Filipinos as quickly as possible in light of the resurgence of cases in the Philippines and the spread of new variants of the virus that causes Covid-19.
“We need to race against time in our efforts to speed up the mass inoculation process,” Huang said.
On March 1, the Philippines began its inoculation of healthcare workers and some government officials a day after the arrival of the CoronaVac doses. (PNA)