PH receives additional 502,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
MANILA, Philippines — More than 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca were delivered to the Philippines on Friday.
The latest vaccine shipment comprising 502,000 doses arrived around 9:30 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, as shown on a livestream by state-run PTV.
The National Task Force against COVID-19 said this batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was procured by the private sector through a tripartite agreement with the national government under the “Dose of Hope” initiative.
So far, the Philippines has received over 53 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccines since February, including this latest arrival of the AstraZeneca shots.
It will increase further as the country is expecting the arrival of 1 million doses more of the COVID-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech this Friday afternoon.
At least 54.5 million doses of the coronavirus jabs are expected to be delivered within September and October, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
The government has reported that more than 15.8 million individuals in the country have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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