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Friday, December 03, 2021
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700,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Australia arrive in PH

THE Philippines received on Wednesday, November 24, 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine from the Australian government.

Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson, National Task Force (NTF) chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III welcomed the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Robinson said Wednesday’s shipment was the first batch out of the 3.6 million AstraZeneca doses the Australian government is donating to the Philippines.

“Overall, we’ll have 3.6 million doses coming in to the Philippines -- 2.2 million doses from Australia’s domestic supply and 1.4 million doses coming through Unicef to the Philippines,” he said.

Aside from the vaccines, Australia also donated 100 oxygen concentrators to the country last October.

Duque thanked the Australian government and its people for the assistance they have provided to the country.

“This is substantial in the light of the fact that we are rolling out our [Covid-19] booster shots,” Duque said.

Galvez said the bulk of the donated AstraZeneca vaccines will be used in the three-day National Vaccination Days to be held from November 29 to December 1.

“These will be used maybe as the first dose, second dose or booster,” the vaccine czar said.

Since February, a total of 135,161,900 Covid-19 vaccine doses from various manufacturers have arrived in the country. (PR)


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