Philippines to receive at least 800K coronavirus shots from US stockpile in July  â envoy
Individuals under the A4 priority group are inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine as the local government of Quezon City launches their QC ProtekTODO Bakuna Nights program at the city hall open grounds on June 16, 2021. The program aims to inoculate working individuals who cannot visit vaccination sites during the day due to their work schedules.
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Philippines to receive at least 800K coronavirus shots from US stockpile in July — envoy

(Philstar.com) - June 22, 2021 - 4:34pm

MANILA, Philippines — Manila is set to receive up to a million COVID-19 vaccines donated by Washington from its stockpile of excess jabs, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Romualdez said Tuesday.

The White House last month announced that it would be donating to the world at least 80 million coronavirus shots from its excess supply, adding that an initial 25 million jabs would be shipped out by the end of June.

It also said that 60 million of the shots in its stockpile are AstraZeneca jabs which are not being rolled out in the US. 

"From the 80 million [vaccines to be donated], we are going to get something like 800 [thousand] to 1 million doses," Romualdez said partially in Filipino in a pre-recorded conversation with presidential spokesman Harry Roque. 

He added that the donated jabs would be "either Moderna or AstraZeneca" and are "expected to be given to us by next month."

Romualdez said the Philippines will also receive jabs from a separate US donation of 500 million vaccines to the rest of the world. 

READ: US buys half billion Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for poorest countries

The White House in a statement earlier this month said it would buy half a billion vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and donate them to 92 poorer countries. 

The World Health Organization-led COVAX facility, whose biggest donor is the US, will donate a total of 44 million vaccines to the Philippines. 

In its latest fact sheet released May 8, the US Embassy in the Philippines said one in five Filipinos will be vaccinated with a jab from the COVAX facility. 

Since the government began its inoculation campaign three months ago, it has administered 8,050,711 jabs, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Sunday.

This translates to 2,096,901 people who have received the two doses needed for full vaccination. The figure represents only 1.9% of the population, remaining far from the 50 to 70 million targeted by officials this year to reach herd immunity.

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 22, 2021 - 8:18am

The national government has so far secured two official deals for COVID-19 vaccine supplies in the Philippines, one with Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac and another with the Serum Institute of India.

Watch this space for bite-sized developments on the vaccines in the Philippines. (Main image by Markus Spiske via Unsplash)

July 22, 2021 - 8:18am

Another 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday. 

According to government data, around 5.03 million of the Philippines' total 109 million population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 almost five months into the government's inoculation campaign. 

July 15, 2021 - 5:16pm

Presidential adviser Joey Concepcion and several government officials welcome the arrival of the first tranche of AstraZeneca vaccines procured by the private sector.

“We are welcoming a total of 1.15M doses of AstraZeneca vaccines today ordered by the private sector and another 1.15 million doses in August and the rest are expected to be delivered in the coming months. A total of 2.75 million employees from close to 500 companies are expected to benefit from this—not to mention those who will benefit from the LGU procured doses,” Concepcion says.

“We want to help the government so that we can execute the vaccine rollout in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Allowing us to execute, we could focus on the vaccination of our employees, the LGUs could focus on its constituents, and the national government could focus on the rest that are not covered. We need a fast and almost perfect rollout and the private sector, with the arrival of these initial doses from AstraZeneca, can now do that for its employees," he adds.

June 28, 2021 - 12:05pm

The Philippine vaccination program has officially administered 10,065,414 doses COVID-19 vaccine, the Palace says.

A ceremonial 10 millionth dose was administered Monday morning in Valenzuela City.

June 25, 2021 - 2:13pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has received the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19, the Presidential Security Group says.

Members of the PSG were among the first in the Philippines to receive the Sinopharm jabs, which they administered on themselves late last year despite the Food and Drug Authority not including it among COVID-19 vaccines allowed for use in the country.

The FDA later issued a compassionate use permit for it. 

June 24, 2021 - 7:48am

A shipment of 2 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Thursday morning.


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