President Duterte thanked Japan for donating COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.
On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Japan for donating AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines.
The latest donation of 1,124,100 doses of Japan-manufactured AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived at the Manila airport on Thursday night and the shipment would add to the country’s supply of more than 17 million doses previously obtained from different suppliers abroad.
As he welcomed the shipment in a ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, the President thanked Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the Japanese government for working with the Philippine government in ensuring equitable access to vaccines.
“Let me thank the government of Japan and the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for working with the Philippine government in ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. These more than one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will surely go a long way in our quest for herd immunity. Japan continues to be our strong partner in various development programs. Our cooperation in fighting the pandemic is truly an indication of the deep friendship between our two countries,” President Duterte said.
Also, President Duterte expressed heartfelt gratitude to Japan for all of the assistance extended to the Philippines during the challenging times.
Japan earlier offered a PHP 308-million grant to the Philippines for the provision of cold chain transport and ancillaries in order to facilitate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the provinces.
“By providing cold chain transport and ancillaries, you have enabled us to ensure the safe and efficient transport of these vaccines and preserve its quality and integrity,” President Duterte said.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the delivery of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines was a “clear testament to the deep-rooted bonds of friendship” between the two countries.