The Philippines was set to receive US-donated Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses in July
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the Philippines was set to receive over 3 million US-donated Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses in July.
On Thursday, Galvez said that the United States was sending over 3 million doses of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines through the COVAX global vaccine sharing facility.
Galvez said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart that the COVID-19 vaccine doses were expected to be shipped within the month of July, but the final delivery date has yet to be determined.
According to Galvez, 3,024,000 doses of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine will be given to the Philippines, with at least 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to be distributed per region.
Unlike other COVID-19 vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals required only one dose, making it easier for countries to roll out the said vaccine.
The said vaccine was expected to boost the country’s COVID-19 vaccine drive, where demand still outstripped supply and local governments continuously faced shortages of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Galvez said in a separate statement that because the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses will be donated through COVAX, the national government’s priority list for COVID-19 vaccines must be strictly followed.
“All COVAX-donated vaccines will be used strictly to inoculate A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons with comorbidities),” Galvez said.