Duque: Arrival Of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine To PH Will Be Delayed By A Week

The arrival of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines will be delayed by a week, according to Duque.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Sunday said that the arrival of 525,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses will be delayed by a week.

Duque AstraZeneca vaccine delayed
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Duque on Sunday confirmed that the Philippine government won’t welcome on Monday the supposed arrival of COVID-19 vaccines by AstraZeneca, which was part of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the WHO-led COVAX facility, citing global supply shortage.

According to Duque, there’s just a news that it would be delayed by a week because the World Health Organization said that there’s a problem with the supply.

The COVAX facility was a global initiative led by WHO which aimed to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. also confirmed the latest development, saying that they had to understand that Europe and other developing countries were fighting over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and other COVID-19 vaccines.

We have to understand, nakita natin yung AstraZeneca at ibang vaccines, pinagagawan sa Europe at sa area ng mga developing countries. Naiintindihan naman natin. Makakapaghintay naman po tayo,” Galvez said.

AstraZeneca was among the three manufacturers granted by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with emergency use authority (EUA), alongside Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac.

The Philippines on Sunday welcomed the arrival of 600,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in the Philippines since the coronavirus pandemic started.

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