Vaccines to allow recovery from pandemic devastation

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said around 10 million vaccine doses are expected to be delivered to the Philippines this month, which can cover the inoculation of the priority groups made up of health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, frontline workers and indigent Filipinos.

An estimated 15 million more vaccine doses may arrive in August.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said by giving protection to frontline economic workers, “our economy will quickly recover from the devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Galvez earlier said the country is targeting to administer 500,000 jabs daily by the third quarter, and increase the goal to 740,000 shots to achieve population protection.

Since the vaccination drive was launched in March, only 1.3 million out of the country’s roughly 100 million population have been fully inoculated against COVID-19. Some 5.3 million doses have been administered as of June 2.

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