Manila replenishes COVID-19 vaccine stockpile as 400,000 doses arrive

The city government of Manila received 400,000 more COVID-19 vaccine doses from China’s Sinovac on Thursday, June 24.

The delivery is crucial as the city grapples with a high turnout at vaccination hubs. Just on Tuesday, June 22, the local government unit (LGU) administered 35,572 vaccine doses, a daily record-high.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and other city officials personally welcomed the new vaccine shipment at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Thursday, in time for the 450th anniversary of the city’s founding.

MORE DOSES. National government and city government of Manila officials personally welcome the new vaccine delivery from China's Sinovac on Thursday, June 24.

Manila Public Information Office

The delivery was made possible after the city raised over P298 million to purchase the vaccines through a tripartite deal with the national government and IP-Biotech, the Philippine distributor of the Sinovac vaccines.

“More jabs will create more jobs that will contribute in economic recovery,” Moreno said in a statement.

Manila said it already vaccinated 41% of its 800,000 target population. 

As of Thursday, Manila was grappling with 1,032 active COVID-19 cases. — Rappler.com