MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) –The Philippines administered over 375,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, its highest daily output so far, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday.
In a tweet, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 said 375,059 doses were administered on July 13.
“We are starting to get closer to our goal of 500,000 jabs a day and if we are able to do that, we will be able to reach our 70% target population. That’s around 70 million Filipinos to have their first dose in about 130 days,” Duque said in a pre-SONA forum.
“Hopefully, another two, three months to complete the second dose for the same population of 70 million Filipinos and by then, hopefully, we shall have reached our herd immunity,” he added.
Duque also said the country has so far administered a total of 14 million doses.
He said around 10 million individuals have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while some four million have completed both shots.
The Philippines received an additional one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac on Wednesday morning.
Other vaccine brands expected to arrive this month include Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The Philippines has logged over 1.48 million COVID-19 cases with 1.40 million recoveries and 26,092 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon. (MNS)