COVID-19 vaccines

Over 2 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in PH

Over 2 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in PH

LARGEST TRANCHE. Two million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine under COVAX arrives in the Philippines on May 8, 2021.

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The shipment is the largest tranche received by the Philippines from the COVAX facility

Over two million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Philippines through the COVAX facility on Saturday, May 8.

The shipment, totaling 2,030,400, is the second batch of AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in the country through COVAX, after the shipment of 526,000 doses in March.

“This shipment is in addition to over half a million doses delivered in March, and is part of the 4.5 million total doses committed to the Philippines from COVAX,” the World Health Organization Philippines tweeted on Saturday.

In his remarks at the press conference on the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the shipment is the largest tranche that the Philippines received from COVAX.

Duque also said during the press conference that the Philippines is set to receive 193,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, May 10.

The Philippines earlier suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people below 60 years old, after European medicine regulators found possible links between the shot and very rare cases of blood clots. It resumed the use of the jabs on April 19, after two weeks, and reiterated that the shot is safe and effective.  –