MANILA, Philippines – Over a million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the Japanese government are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday night, Malacañang said.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the vaccine jabs from Japan are among the two batches of AstraZeneca doses due to be delivered this week.
“Inaasahan natin na may darating na dalawang batches ng AstraZeneca ngayong linggong ito. Una ang AstraZeneca na donasyon ng Japanese government, mamayang gabi po ang dating niyan,” Roque said.
“Pangalawa, ang AstraZeneca na galing po sa COVAX Facility,” he added.
Based on data presented by Roque, a total of 1,124,100 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will come from Japan while the shipment from the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility contains 2,028,000 doses.
Roque also announced that the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week two batches of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.
The shipments will contain around 170,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine.
The National Task Force against COVID-19 earlier said there were delays in the delivery of vaccine supplies because vaccine manufacturers usually prepare for the deployment or the inventory of their supply during the first and last weeks of the month.
For the month of July, the Philippines is expecting to receive at least 16 million vaccine doses, including the 3 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated by the US government through the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility.