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PH administers more than 4 million COVID-19 shots — NTF

/ 07:38 PM May 23, 2021
Venice Mall vaccination hub in Taguig

Venice Mall vaccination hub in Taguig. Photo from Taguig PIO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has administered more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccines, placing the country in 37th place worldwide in terms of vaccination, the National Taskforce (NTF) Against COVID-19 announced on Sunday.

The NTF said there are 4,097,425 administered vaccine doses. Of the total, 3,147,786 are for the first dose, while 949,939 are for the second dose.

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The task force, citing a Bloomberg report, also noted that the country also ranked second out of 10 Southeast Asian countries, 13th out of 47 countries in Asia, and 37th out of 196 countries worldwide in terms of the number of vaccinations.

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NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez said hitting the 4 million mark is a “milestone” in the National Vaccination Program.

“This brings us closer to our goal of achieving a daily vaccination rate of at least half a million and achieving herd immunity before yearend,” Galvez said in a statement.

He also expressed confidence that the country “will be able to double this figure and vaccinate more than four million people as long there is a steady supply of vaccines.”

“We need to maintain this momentum and remain focused on building up our vaccine supply, ramping up our vaccination rate, and encouraging more of our countrymen to get the jab,” Galvez said. “This will be the key in saving more lives, putting an end to this pandemic, and revitalizing our economy.”

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