Over 600K AstraZeneca jabs procured by private sector arrive in Philippines

18-Sep-2021 Intellasia | PhilStar | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Over half a million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine procured by the private sector arrived in the Philippines on Friday.

A China Airlines plane carrying 661,200 AstraZeneca jabs landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City past 9 a.m.

“Additional 300,000 people will be given lifesaving vaccines, doses of hope,” vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

Galvez also said 80 percent of the newly-delivered shots will go to local government units outside Metro Manila.

The latest shipment raised the country’s total COVID-19 vaccine doses to over 58.2 million.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said the arrival of the third batch of vaccines is very timely to help prevent the transmission of the Delta variant.

“We need a fast and almost perfect rollout and the private sector, with the arrival of these vaccine doses from AstraZeneca, can now do that for its employees,” Concepcion said.

“We want to help the government so that we can execute the vaccine rollout in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Allowing us to execute, we could focus on the vaccination of our employees, the LGUs could focus on its constituents, and the national government could focus on the rest that are not covered,” he added.

Vaccination updates

More than 40 million doses have been administered nationwide, of which around 22.3 million were given as first dose, since inoculation efforts began in March.

Over 17.6 million people have completed vaccination against COVID-19.

The government is expected to take delivery of one million doses of Sputnik Light the one-shot version of Gamaleya Research Institute’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine this month.

The government also expects to receive 190,000 doses of Sputnik V’s Component 2, which will be used for the second dose.



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