Almost one million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses will arrive in the Philippines on March 22, according to Galvez.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr on Monday said that almost one million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses will arrive in the Philippines on March 22.
During a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and top government officials on COVID-19 pandemic response in Malacañang, Galvez said that close to a million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses would arrive in the Philippines on March 22.
“We were already given a warning order by the Covax and the World Health Organization that a total of 979,200 AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive this coming March 22. If ever we encounter a delay, it might be moved to the first week of April,” Galvez said partly in Filipino.
The shipment was the second tranche of the vaccine supply secured by the Philippine government from the WHO-led COVAX facility, which expected to be turned over the Philippine government next week, following the 525,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses which arrived last March 4 (487,200 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses) and March 7 (38,400 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses).
Moreover, Galvez said that all AstraZeneca vaccine doses should be used immediately in order to avoid a possible delay in the delivery of the second tranch of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility.
Health workers have begun receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last week, being the priority sector for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
Meanwhile, Galvez said that a total of 1.4 million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses will be delivered to the Philippines later this month. 400,000 vaccine doses will come as a donation from China, while one million vaccine doses will come as a government procurement from China’s Sinovac Biotech through the Department of Health.