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HANOI, Sept 15 -- The Philippines has secured enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate 100 million people by the end of this year, according to the country's Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.
Dominguez said on Tuesday that the vaccines financed and ordered by the government totalled 121.13 million doses as of Sept 12, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Another 50.12 million doses are from donations by its bilateral partners and the country's share in the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX), while local governments and the private sector procured 24.12 million doses.
The Philippines has administered more than 39 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 17 million people have been fully vaccinated so far.
The capital Manila is expected to ease large-scale restrictions from Thursday under the Philippine Government's pilot scheme of localised social distancing in the capital.
The scheme will be accompanied by five warning levels to determine the allowed range of business units. Localised social distancing will target certain buildings, streets or residential areas instead of covering the entire city as it is now. If successful, this solution could be applied across the Philippines.
The change in the Philippine Government's COVID-19 tactic could also soon allow schools to reopen with limited face-to-face classes and indoor recreation facilities to reopen in areas with low transmission rates.
The Southeast Asian country has recorded over 2.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 35,529 deaths.
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