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COVID vaccines

Philippines tackles vaccine stockpile as Duterte warns of wastage

Nation is aiming to triple daily inoculation rate to 1.5 million shots

Two teenagers show their plasters after being inoculated against COVID-19 during a vaccine rollout for children with comorbidities in Metro Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 15.   © Reuters

MANILA -- To avert possible COVID-19 vaccine spoilage as its stockpile reaches around 40 million doses, the Philippines is aiming to triple its daily inoculation rate to 1.5 million jabs.

The Southeast Asian nation, which is seeking to further reopen an economy battered by lockdowns, is now facing the challenge of distributing a steady supply of vaccines from various sources, including China, the U.S. and the COVAX facility.

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