Philippines gets 415,040 UK-donated AstraZeneca doses

Philippines gets 415,040 UK-donated AstraZeneca doses
This photo shows a crate containing the AstraZeneca doses the United Kingdom sent to the Philippines as a donation
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Monday received new doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a donation from the United Kingdom. 

State-run PTV reported that a plane carrying the 415,040 doses landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay this afternoon. 

The British government last week announced it would send the jabs seen to boost Manila's vaccination drive amid the threat of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19. 

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the newly arrived doses are part of his country's first batch of 100 million doses for poor nations.

"We are deeply grateful for this gesture of kindness and compassion from the UK government and your people," vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. had told Britain's ambassador Daniel Pruce.

The Philippines has received donated jabs in past months apart from its procured doses. Supply from the COVAX Facility top this, along with those from China, Japan, and the United States. 

By August, government figures showed there are now 11.19% or 9.11 million Filipinos fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

That is out of the targeted 70 million inoculated this year. Some 16.46% or 11.74 million, meanwhile, have received their initial dose. 

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LATEST UPDATE: August 23, 2021 - 12:22pm

A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." (Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file)

August 23, 2021 - 12:22pm

As of August 22, about 12% of the estimated 109 million population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to date from the pandemic task force.

  • First dose: 17,258,675
  • Second dose: 13,130,485
  • Total doses administered: 30,389,160
August 20, 2021 - 10:13am

An additional 582,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Friday morning.

It is part of the private sector's "A Dose of Hope" program, pioneered by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.

August 9, 2021 - 2:56pm

An estimated 10.45% of the 109 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 between March 1 and August 9, according to government data.

  • Total doses administered: 24,479,750
  • First dose: 13,087,781
  • Second dose: 11,391,969
August 3, 2021 - 5:56pm

The Philippines on Tuesday receives 3,000,060 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States.

The latest donation is part of the P1.38 billion assistance of the US government to the Philippines since the onset of the pandemic.

Last month, more than 3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the American government arrived in the country.


August 3, 2021 - 10:08am

The Department of Tourism hails the City of Manila's drive-thru vaccination site at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park which opened on Saturday. 

“With the move to revert Metro Manila to the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measure, this initiative will help establish the much needed resistance against the Delta variant of the virus," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says.

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