Three million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, the most in a single shipment.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. welcomed the arrival of the doses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

“Sa lahat ng procurement natin, ito ang pinakamalaking delivery and we are so happy that we were accommodated by Sinovac Biotech na talagang mabigyan tayo ng 3 million kasi kailangang kailangan natin sa mga probinsya.” Galvez said.

The three million doses were government-procured, according to the National Task Force Against Covid-19.

The country has so far received 25.5 million Sinovac doses. Sinovac comprises the majority of the country’s vaccine supply.

Of the number, 23,600,000 were procured by the Philippine government, one million were donated by Beijing and 900,000 were purchased via tripartite deals.

The government is prioritizing NCR Plus 8, which consists of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Pampanga, Batangas, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, in its vaccination drive. John Ezekiel J. Hirro