Galvez: Second Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines From AstraZeneca To Arrive In PH On Sunday

The second batch of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday, according to Galvez.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Saturday announced that the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday.

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In a report on CNN Philippines, the second batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX facility will arrive on Sunday evening.

During a ceremony marking the inoculation of medical frontliners at the Ospital ng Parañaque, Galvez said that the remaining 38,400 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses will finally be delivered, three days after the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the British vaccine manufacturer.

Galvez added that the remaining COVID-19 vaccine doses, which were supposed to be part of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine, will arrive on a commercial flight.

“I would like to also tell the public na iyong 38,400 po na kulang ay darating po bukas more or less 7pm. ‘Yung pangako po ng COVAX na ‘yung buong 525,600 ay darating na po, dahil naantala lang kasi commercial plane po ang kanyang ginamit. So buo na po iyon,” Galvez said.

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The Philippines received an initial 487,200 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday, less than the 525,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that the Philippine government expected to receive.

Parañaque city health officer Dra. Olga Virtucio was first to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose on the first day of its rollout, also making her the first healthcare worker in the Philippines to get a COVID-19 vaccine dose from AstraZeneca.

More than 200 COVID-19 vaccine doses were allocated to Ospital ng Parañaque during the vaccination drive.

Galvez shared that more than 300,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses were already deployed in more than 100 hospitals, almost a week after the donation arrived in the Philippines.

He also said that around 1.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses purchased from China’s Sinovac Biotech will likely be shipped within the month of March 2021.

The Philippines was also set to receive 4.5 million more AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses until May 2021 and 117,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses — possibly more — through the COVAX initiative.

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