The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may arrive in the Philippines next month, according to WHO.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may arrive in the Philippines next month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a report on Manila Bulletin, WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe on Tuesday said that they expected it to happen either “in late March or in April”.
Abeyasinghe said in a virtual forum that they understood that almost all of the criteria that were required by Pfizer had been addressed by the Philippine government.
Pfizer was expected to deliver 117,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility. According to Abeyasinghe, they also expected more than 4.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to come within the next two months.
More than 480,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the Philippines from the COVAX Facility last March 4 and another 38,400 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived last March 7, 2021.
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The Philippines was among the first countries in Southeast Asia to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility.
COVAX was co-led by the World Health Organization, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF as well as the World Bank, manufacturers, civil society organizations, and others.
The COVAX Facility lead an unprecedented effort in order to provide at least 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of 2021 to low-income and middle-income countries.
In addition, the COVAX Facility aimed to procure 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of 2021.
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