PH receives over 3.8 million vaccination shots from three EU countries.
Vaccine donations from European countries have continued to flood in, with the most recent supply of 3,789,600 doses of the Janssen vaccine coming on Tuesday from Sweden, Austria, and the Netherlands.
Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Annika Thanborg said it was a joy for her to personally witness the delivery of the vaccines, which totaled over 1,512,000 doses, donated by her country through the COVAX Facility, in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“We will also donate at least six million non-earmarked vaccine doses in 2021, 1.5 million of which will go to the Philippines, as you can see in this shipment,” Thanborg said. “We want to thank the Department of Health, Secretary (Carlito) Galvez, and, of course, my dear colleagues from the European Union.” “The importance of vaccine equity cannot be overstated. Until everyone is safe, no one is safe.”
Bita Rasoulian, the Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines, described the vaccination program as a “global endeavor” that must be carried out in collaboration with other countries. Austria also contributed 266,400 Janssen doses.
“You may be aware that Austria, as part of Team Europe and the European Union, is a major contributor to the COVAX Facility. We congratulate the Philippines on its ongoing vaccination campaign, as well as Austria, for ensuring that every nation, every citizen, and every person in the world has access to high-quality vaccines “Rasoulian remarked.
The Dutch government’s donation of 2,011,200 Janssen doses came at 10:15 p.m. on the same day.
Rabindra Abeyasinghe, a World Health Organization (WHO) representative present at the arrival, praised Sweden and Austria for their donations, adding that they will assist boost the number of fully vaccinated Filipinos.
“As previously stated, we have a one-of-a-kind window of opportunity to protect as many vulnerable people as possible. So that they will be better protected when the Omicron variant arrives, “he stated
COVAX will supply more than 14 million doses this week alone, according to Abeyasinghe, bringing the total amount of doses delivered through the facility to more than 50 million.
“This is far more than COVAX pledged at the start of the year when we stated that we would protect 20% of your population. We want to continue to work with the Philippine government to guarantee that every Filipino is protected through your successful vaccine campaign “Added he.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer and vaccination czar for the National Task Force Against Covid-19, stated the donated Janssen vaccines would be distributed to citizens living in “geographically challenging” areas.
“Priority natin sa Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) ay yung (are) the BARMM, Region 5 (Bicol), Region 12 (Soccsksargen), and other regions in Davao City, lalo na tinatawag nating (especially those we regard to as) most geographically isolated areas, as well as (the) island (of) Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan
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