BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Western Visayas will get one of the biggest shares of Covid-19 vaccines this month of 741,566 doses, Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.
Diaz, however, said it was not known yet how many will be allotted for Negros Occidental and the other provinces and highly-urbanized cities in Region 6, as of this time.
The arriving vaccines are Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Janssen of Johnson & Johnson’s, that will be equitably distributed, based on the A2 and A3 master listed individuals, he added.
Diaz also reported that the 3,500 doses of the 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca purchased by Negros Occidental are arriving on July 16.
Whichever supply comes first, he said the AstraZeneca vaccines will be needed for the inoculation of Negrenses in the priority groups and for the second dose scheduled to be administered in the second week of August.
The country received yesterday another one million doses of Sinovac vaccine, bringing to 13 million doses the total number of such brand of vaccines delivered to the Philippines, with one million doses donated by China and 12 million doses procured by the national government, the private sector, and local government units.
About 1.5 million additional doses of Sinovac are also expected to arrive in the country on Saturday, the National Task Force against Covid-19 said.*