STEADY SUPPLY. Three million doses of Sinovac Covid-19 jabs arrive via a Philippine Airlines flight on Sunday (Oct. 24, 2021). Two million doses were government-procured while one million were donated by China. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA – The Philippines has already administered more than 56,2 million doses out of 97,678,340 Covid-19 vaccines delivered, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 on Tuesday.

As of October 25, there are 25,955,669 fully vaccinated individuals, who comprise 33.65 percent of the country’s 70 percent target for population protection by the end of the year or an estimated 77,139,058 Filipinos.

The average daily vaccination rate in the last seven days rose to 488,506 doses, higher than the 405,999 the previous week, due to stable supplies, according to NTF chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

He said the COVAX Facility and countries such as the United States, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Brunei will be donating more Covid-19 vaccines.

"Maganda po ‘yung naging relations, sir, natin na talagang ‘yung maraming countries na tumutulong na rin po sa atin (We have established good relationships with other countries and many of them are helping us)," Galvez told President Rodrigo Duterte during the Talk to the People aired Monday night.

He said the US will send another two million doses of Pfizer "most likely this week".

Galvez said local chief executives must accelerate their vaccination drives as the country aims to ramp up daily vaccination to 1.5 million doses during the last quarter of 2021. (PNA)