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The first replacement of the expiring Covid-19 vax will be sent to PH on June 20.

MANILA, Philippines — A health official said Tuesday that the Philippines will receive its first replacement of near-expiry coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from the COVAX Facility on June 20.

The Department of Health (DOH) has previously submitted to the COVAX Facility a demand projection for 34 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

It promised to replace the vaccines it gave that were about to expire, as well as those acquired by the national government, local governments, and the private sector.

“We’re still negotiating with them,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated in an online media forum. “But by June 20, may initial na tayong replacements (we have initial replacements) coming from COVAX, and this will be worth 300,000 vaccinations [doses].”

Covid-19 vaccine doses have been sent to the country in total of 245,083,080 doses.

COVAX provided 73,916,210 doses, or 85.42 percent, of the 86,532,040 doses contributed.

The COVAX initiative is a global initiative focused on ensuring equal access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

COVAX will be negotiating for the remaining near-expiry jabs, according to Vergeire.

“Tapos sa mga susunod pa na negosyon, may mga madadagdag pa na papalitan nila (They will send additional substitutes in future discussions),” she claimed.

As of May 26, a total of 150,123,168 doses of Covid-19 had been administered across the country, with 14,040,380 doses administered as first booster shots to the entire eligible population and 204,309 doses administered as second booster shots to immunocompromised adults, senior citizens, and medical front-liners.

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