Australia donates 700,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines.
The Philippines received 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from the Australian government on Wednesday, which will help the country’s vaccination rollout.
The arrival ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City was graced by Health Secretary Francisco Duque, National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., and representatives from the Australian Embassy led by Ambassador Steven J. Robinson.
Australia has committed to providing approximately 3.6 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the Philippines’ vaccination program until the end of 2022.
“Australia remains committed to assisting our friends in the Philippines in expanding their national vaccine rollout and sustaining their recovery.” “I am pleased that the Australian government continues to contribute significantly to the Philippines’ Covid-19 response and vaccine access and delivery needs,” Robinson said.
“Dose donations, procurement, and COVAX funding will help the Philippines increase their supply.” However, we recognize that the Philippines must address complex distribution issues in order to ensure that doses reach those who require them. That is why we are providing comprehensive, end-to-end delivery support, including PHP1.19 billion in vaccine delivery support, which will improve the Philippines’ capacity to distribute doses to remote areas and vulnerable populations,” he added.
Since the beginning of the vaccination last March 1, the NTF reports that a total of 135,161,900 vaccines have arrived in the country.
It said an average of 829,254 vaccines are given out every day, bringing the total number of people who have been fully vaccinated to 34,199,500 and the number of people who have received the first dose to 43,290,294 people.
A total of 70,500 vaccines were also given to qualified recipients as booster shots.