COVID-19 vaccines developed by British-Sweden pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca will arrive in the Philippines on Thursday, March 4.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, “This is to confirm that the Philippines is set to receive 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, March 4, 2021, 7:30 PM, as part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility.”
“AstraZeneca’s expected time of arrival is based on the scheduled handover of vaccines. We will notify everyone, if and when there is a change of schedule,” he added.
The World Health Organization’s representative in the Philippines, Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, had confirmed that around 5.5 million to 9.2 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which the Philippine drug regulator already approved for emergency use, have been earmarked for the country under the COVAX Facility.
AstraZeneca said it believed its vaccine could protect against severe disease, given that the neutralizing antibody activity was equivalent to that of other COVID-19 vaccines that have demonstrated protection against severe disease.