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PH Receives 700,000 Astra COVID Shots Donated by Australia

Wednesday, November 24, the Philippines received 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Australian government.

The Department of Health (DOH) expressed its gratitude to the Australian government for donating 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the first batch of the 3.6 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses to be sent by Australia to the Philippines. A portion of these jabs will be coursed through UNICEF. 

Health Secretary Francisco Duque, National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., and representatives from the Australian Embassy led by Ambassador Steven J. Robinson graced the arrival ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

The latest shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine was part of approximately 3.6 million doses committed by Australia for the Philippines’ vaccination program until the end of 2022.

“Australia remains steadfast in our commitment to support our friends, the Philippines, to boost its national vaccine rollout and sustain its recovery. I am very pleased that the Australian government continues to make an important contribution to the Philippines COVID-19 response and vaccine access and delivery needs,” Robinson said.

“Our dose donations, procurement and COVAX funding will boost the Philippines’ supply. But we recognize that the Philippines also needs to address complex distribution challenges to ensure that doses reach the people who need them. That is why we are providing comprehensive, end-to-end delivery assistance, including PHP1.19 billion worth of vaccine delivery support which will enhance the Philippines’ capacity to distribute doses to remote areas and to vulnerable populations,” he added.