The country’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from US firm Johnson & Johnson has arrived in the country.
An aircraft carrying 1.6 million doses of the Janssen vaccine from the United States landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. The country expects to receive a total of 3.2 million shots donated by the US government through the COVAX Facility, with the rest of the shipment arriving on Saturday.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said the Janssen batch will be sent to areas where there is clustering of the highly contagious Delta variant – Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and Northern Mindanao – with added focus on protecting senior citizens. He said this is because the Janssen vaccine only requires one shot to provide immunity.
The American manufacturer said its Janssen vaccine produced a strong immune response at least up to eight months after vaccination, even against the Delta variant.
The government has already administered over 14 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, latest government data showed. Over ten million people already received their first shot, while more than four million have already been fully vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.