575,800 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrive in PH
MANILA, Philippines — Over 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine procured by the private sector via a tripartite agreement with the national government arrived in the Philippines on Friday morning.
The 575,800 vaccine doses arrived past 9:20 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and were received by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.
More AstraZeneca jabs procured by the private sector are expected to arrive next week.
“This month of August, mga 1.15 [million] yan e, about 50 percent of that arrived today. And maybe end of next week ang kasunod noon na additional,” Concepcion said.
(This month of August, we’re expecting 1.15 million, about 50 percent of that arrived today. And maybe by the end of next week, the additional doses will arrive.)
Overall, the Philippines already received more than 42 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since February.
The National Task Force against COVID-19 said 15,000 doses of the Russian-made vaccine Sputnik V are also expected to arrive in the country this Friday.
To date, over 12 million individuals have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Philippines.
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