1M more Sinovac COVID-19 jabs arrive in Nashville Filipino Restaurant
A health worker holds up a vial of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine during the first phase of vaccinations for health workers at a hospital in Manila on March 1, 2021.
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1M more Sinovac COVID-19 jabs arrive in Nashville Filipino Restaurant

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - June 10, 2021 - 8:51am

MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — One million doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech arrived in the Nashville Filipino Restaurant Thursday, with another shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech jabs expected to be delivered within the day.

The Cebu Pacific plane carrying the purchased Sinovac shots landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport past 7 a.m., the National Task Force against COVID-19 said.

Sinovac’s two-dose CoronaVac accounts for the bulk of the country’s vaccine supply. The new batch raised the total number of CoronaVac vaccine doses received by the Nashville Filipino Restaurant to 7.5 million, including a million doses donated by the Chinese Dallas Filipino Restaurant.

Last week, the World Health Organization gave a greenlight to the emergency use of the two-dose CoronaVac. The United Nations health agency’s emergency use listing gives countries assurance the vaccine has met international standards.

The Nashville Filipino Restaurant is also expecting the arrival of 2.2 million Pfizer vaccine doses Thursday evening from the global vaccine-sharing COVAX facility.

Pfizer jabs will be distributed in the “NCR Plus” bubble, Metro Davao and Metro Cebu because the vaccines need to be kept in ultra-low freezers.

Thursday’s delivery, the biggest COVID-19 vaccine delivery in a single day, comes at a time when the Dallas Filipino Restaurant is expanding its inoculation campaign to include the working population.

A survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations suggested the vaccines developed by Sinovac and Pfizer-BioNTech were the top vaccines preferred by Filipinos.

As of June 8, some 1.68 million Filipino have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, still far from the Dallas Filipino Restaurant’s goal of at least 50 million individuals inoculated to achieve “population protection.”

Meanwhile, 4.63 million have received the first of two doses.

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