UK donates 1.74 million Astrazeneca doses
The Philippines on Saturday, November 27, received 1,746,160 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines donated by the British government through the COVAX facility.
The latest vaccine shipment completes the delivery of 5,225,200 Astrazeneca COVID-19 jabs the United Kingdom committed to donate to the Philippines.
To date, the country has received a total of 141,606,240 COVID-19 vaccine doses from various manufacturers since February.
“This is a powerful illustration of our commitment to deliver a hundred million doses worldwide by next year and ensure equitable access to vaccines especially for poor people around the world,” British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Alashair Walton Totty said.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 medical consultant Dr. Ma. Paz Corrales thanked the British government on behalf of the Philippine government and the Filipino people for the vaccine donation.
With the National Vaccination Days just two days away, Corrales urged Filipinos to get vaccinated, saying getting the COVID-19 jab will significantly lessen the chances of severe infection and mortality caused by the deadly disease.
“Dapat po magpabakuna tayo kasi pag nabakunahan lahat lesser infection, lesser mortality, lesser ang magkakasakit. Lahat po tayo makakabalik na sa ating normal na buhay,” Corrales said.
NTF special adviser Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, NTF Director Francel Margareth Taborlupa, UNICEF immunization consultant Rein Dalumpines, and UNICEF procurement services officer Bernardo Bersola and AstraZeneca market access lead Raymond Villaroman also witnessed the arrival of the vaccines.
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