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The United States and France have provided over 3 million Covid-19 vaccine shots.

The US and French governments delivered more than 3.32 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines on Tuesday morning, bolstering the country’s vaccination efforts.

The arrival of 1,697,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 was welcomed by French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz, while the arrival of 1,623,960 doses of Pfizer vaccine was welcomed by Allyson Gardner on behalf of the US Embassy in Manila.

The supply from the United States is part of a total of 3.4 million doses given to the Philippines in the last 24 hours, with the first tranche arriving on Monday.

In an interview, Boccoz reaffirmed Paris’ resolve to continue assisting the Philippines in the fight against the pandemic, particularly after Typhoon Odette postponed the immunisation program in numerous parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

“We’re particularly glad to help the Filipino government’s efforts to save lives all around the country,” she said, “especially now that the country has been devastated by Typhoon Odette.”

“We want to continue to support and assist the Filipino government in saving lives, deploying vaccines, and assisting even though the typhoon has been catastrophic, so we hope to be able to assist the country once more. It’s critical for our two countries’ friendship to succeed “she continued.

To date, France has donated 6 million doses of vaccination to the Philippines.

According to Gardner, the current US commitment extends the entire American vaccination contribution to the Philippines to around 22 million doses.

“We’re delighted that COVAX deliveries continue to serve the Philippines. To date, 53 million doses have been delivered, with 22 million coming directly from the United States. As a result, we’re overjoyed to see the Philippines make such good progress with these immunizations “she stated

The US government has also provided more than PHP1.9 billion in Covid-19 assistance to support the country’s testing, critical care, communication campaigns, protection and training of health workers, vaccine deployment, and procurement of essential equipment and supplies, in addition to vaccine donations.

Dr. Maria Paz Corrales of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF), who was present at NAIA with the two ambassadors, expressed gratitude to the US and French governments for the recent Covid-19 vaccine contributions.

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