- A nurse from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) delivered the first COVID-19 vaccination in the country
- Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, the PGH Director, became the first person in the Philippines to publicly receive the injection
- National and local government officials were present to witness the historic event
- During the inoculation, it was announced that a vial of Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine is good for one dose
A PGH nurse became the first medical personnel to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
Nurse Sherlock Santos administered the first-ever dose in the Philippines of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine to PGH Director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, who also became the first in the country to receive the injection.
Government officials including Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, COVID-19 Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr., and many others looked on as the PGH nurse prepared the vial and syringe. The officials engaged in good-natured banter as they watched the entire proceeding.
An announcement was then heard over the loudspeaker that what‘s about to happen will be the country’s first COVID-19 vaccination. When the announcer mentioned the name of nurse Santos, the crowd erupted into cheers and applause.
The announcer also said that CoronaVac, the vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech, is easy to aspirate and would be available as “one vial, one dose.”
As nurse Santos injected Dr. Legaspi with the vaccine, the latter gave everyone a “thumbs-up” gesture while the crowd applauded once again.
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Chinese biopharmaceutical company, Sinovac Biotech Ltd., is among those approved by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration for emergency use. The first batch of Sinovac's vaccine arrived in the country on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
The head of the European Union's disease control agency stated that there is a possibility that the novel coronavirus could last for a long time, despite a global vaccine rollout that is currently taking place. It revealed that the virus seemed to be well-adapted to humans, which means that the vaccine may have to be tweaked every now and then.
Makati City allocated a P1 billion budget for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccines. The city aims to offer free vaccination to all Makati residents and help businesses buy vaccines for their employees. According to Mayor Abigail Binay, the coronavirus vaccination for all its residents is the top priority of their LGU this year.
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