MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses has arrived in the Philippines, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.
The shipment containing a total of 1,981,500 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines arrived in Manila on Wednesday, December 29.
These vaccine shots procured by the private sector will most likely be used as booster shots for the local government units and the private sector, according to Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion.
The latest shipment brings to 210,023,540 the total COVID-19 vaccine doses the country has received since February.
Prior to this, a total of 2,005,300 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to the Philippines on Tuesday.
The last batch completes the 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine secured through a tripartite agreement with the national government and vaccine manufacturers.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,357,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine also arrived at NAIA 1 around 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday.
NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said the Philippines has so far received over 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since February.
By the end of 2021, the NTF said the Philippines is expecting to have a total of 210 million doses of various vaccine brands.
The task force earlier said this supply will be used to further scale up the government’s vaccination campaign to achieve the target to inoculate more than 70 million people by 2022.
Over 47.8 million individuals in the Philippines are so far fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while over 60.8 million individuals have at least received their first dose.