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The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered in the Philippines has reached 100 million, following the arrival of 976,950 shots of Pfizer shots on Thursday, October 28.
The new batch of Pfizer vaccines, procured by the government, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport evening of Thursday, raising the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccines in the country to 100,528,840.
Some 896,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, donated by the Japanese government, were also delivered in the country earlier in the day.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez celebrated the milestone in the country’s vaccination program. He added that another 25 million shots are expected to arrive by November.
“Let us continue to work hard so that we can fully inoculate at least 50 million Filipinos by year-end and have a better Christmas and more prosperous New Year for 2022,” Galvez said.
The Philippines received its first coronavirus shots late in February upon the arrival of Sinovac doses donated by China. The country began its inoculation program in March, administering some 57.5 million doses of vaccine thus far.
Currently, over 26 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated against the virus while 31.4 million received their first dose.