MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines received the last shipment of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States government days before the end of the Duterte administration’s term, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr said Tuesday.
In a statement, Galvez said the shipment, which arrived Monday, June 27, includes 299,520 doses of Pfizer vaccines from the COVAX facility.
These are intended for minors aged 12 and over.
Galvez said the shipment reflects the U.S. government’s continued desire to help the country strengthen its national immunization program and overall response to the pandemic.
He added that the donation also showed the US government’s support for the administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Now this will be our last donation to be received under the Duterte administration and it only shows the support of the United States and other allies for the next government,” Galvez said.
Galvez said the government expects to receive about 17 million more COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX in the coming months, and the facility has also pledged to replace expired vaccines.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang supported lalo na an expired vaccines, papalitan nila. And we are grateful for this generosity,” he said.
(There is ongoing support, especially with expired vaccines, they would replace them.)
As of June 26, the National Immunization Operations Center recorded that the country had already administered 154,132,506 vaccine doses – where 70,358,612 Filipinos are recorded as fully immunized.
At least 14,947,878 first booster doses were also given during the same period. — Christine Annie AsistioINQUIRER.net intern
PH receives US donation of 3.4 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
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