Two million doses of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firms have arrived in the Philippines.

The country received one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine in two shipments delivered on Friday and Saturday.

The first 739,200 doses arrived Friday evening, while the remaining 260,800 doses arrived Saturday morning.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the jabs would be deployed to Metro Manila and other areas experiencing Covid-19 surges.

One milion Sinovac doses also arrived on Saturday.

A total 26.5 million doses of Sinovac shots have so far been delivered to the country, of which 24,600,000 doses were procured by the government.

The country has now received 48,522,890 Covid-19 vaccines doses from different manufacturers.

In a message on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte thanked China for providing the country with vaccines.

“My deepest gratitude goes to China for the various Covid-19 assistance extended in the past, including the donation of vital medical supplies and equipment and the provision for technical support of Covid-19 response,” Duterte said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro