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TRACKER: The Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Country/area: Philippines

Organisation: Rappler

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 01/04/2021

Credit: Michael Bueza


Michael Bueza is a data curator under Rappler’s Tech Team. He is an IT graduate who joined Rappler in 2013 after working for a top IT company. He was part of the Research Team before he took on his current role. He usually works on data about elections, governance, and the budget.

Project description:

This is a regularly-updated tracker that shows the progress of the national vaccination program in the Philippines, which kicked off on March 1, 2021. It contains data on the number of vaccine doses administered to Filipinos so far, the number of doses per vaccine manufacturer delivered to the country, and maps on the status of the vaccine rollout per region.

Impact reached:

The tracker complements official information from the government’s national vaccination dashboard by providing details like the percentage of the Philippine population already vaccinated, the number of vaccine doses administered each day, and the country’s speed of inoculation as compared to other countries in Southeast Asia.

Techniques/technologies used:

We use Google Sheets to encode the data, then connect it to Datawrapper and Flourish for the graphs and maps. We also use data from Our World in Data to track the vaccination progress in ASEAN countries.

What was the hardest part of this project?

The hardest part is actually collecting the data, because data people like us would have to manually encode the numbers daily from the government’s dashboard, which doesn’t allow users to select and copy texts. Some figures from previous dates also get updated from time to time on the dashboard, so we would have to review past entries and match our figures with the government’s numbers.

In addition, there are varying sources for reports on each vaccine delivery arriving to the country, so the curation of this data is more difficult.

What can others learn from this project?

Because vaccinating the population against COVID-19 is a major effort to fight the disease, there should be more eyes on the progress and speed of the country’s vaccination program. Yes, the government provides regular figures, but we should add more context to those numbers, to show our readers how fast or slow the vaccination is, where the program is doing well or not, and where the government may be lacking in attention and where there is opportunity for intervention by the private sector.

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