A batch of novel coronavirus disease vaccines manufactured by Sinovac donated by the government of China arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, February 28. These were the first COVID-19 vaccines to reach the Southeast Asian country.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attended the handover ceremony at a Philippine Air Force base in the capital city of Manila.
The country has been struggling to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, and the delivery of the coronavirus vaccines of Sinovac allows the Philippines to start nationwide mass inoculations soon.
This occurrence marks a new phase in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 disease that has infected over 576,000 people and killed more than 12,300 Filipinos.
On Monday, the Philippines started its COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, with the first shot going to Philippine General Hospital Director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, using China’s Sinovac vaccine.