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Covid-19 cases balloon, but more vaccines arrive

Overall, the country has received more than 46 million doses of various Covid-19 vaccine brands.

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With the country’s center still on a lockdown, the Department of Health (DoH) on Friday announced the number of new Covid-19 infections to have reached 17,231 — the most in a single day since the Philippines started tracking the cases last year.

Three hundred and seventeen patients have died on the sameday, sending the total number of deaths to the coronavirus to 31, 198.

Total number of Philippine Covid-19 cases reached 1,807,800, with the active cases still at 123,251.

The government, also on Friday, welcomed the arrival of 582,500 more doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for the local government units (LGU) and the private sector.

Six million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine that the private sector and LGU procured via a tripartite agreement with the national government called “A Dose of Hope Program” are expected.

So far, a total of 8.3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine has been delivered to the country, including those for the private sector that procured 575,800 doses. Those jabs arrived last week.

Overall, the country has received more than 46 million doses of various Covid-19 vaccine brands.

Donated Sinopharm
The country is also expecting the arrival of 739,200 doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine donated by the Chinese government.

The expected Sinopharm doses would be the first batch of the one million donated vaccine doses.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to virtually welcome the arrival of the Chinese-made vaccine.

The remaining 260,800 doses of Sinopharm are set to be delivered on Saturday.

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