US to donate 800,000 to 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to PH in July: envoy

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2021 02:06 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2021 03:00 PM

US to donate 800,000 to 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to PH in July: envoy 1
An employee of the Ayala Corporation receives his COVID-19 vaccine at the Ayala Stock Exchange covered court in Makati City on June 21, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The United States will send to the Philippines next month some 800,000 to 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Philippines' envoy to Washington said on Tuesday, as the country continued to battle one of Asia's longest running coronavirus outbreaks. 

The US earlier this month announced a plan to share to the world 80 million surplus jabs, said Philippine Ambassador to the US Manuel "Babe" Romualdez. 

"Doon sa 80 million na 'yon (out of that 80 million), we are going to get something close to 800 [thousand] to 1 million doses, either Moderna or AstraZeneca from their stockpile, which is expected to be given to us by next month," he said in a Malacañang press briefing. 

 

The Philippines will also benefit from the US pledge to buy and donate to low income countries some 500 million COVID-19 shots, Romualdez said. 

"We're getting quite a substantial amount of doses of vaccines coming from the United States," he said. 

On top of this, Manila has reserved some 50 million booster shots with US firm Moderna for next year, said the ambassador. 

"We're in good shape as far as our vaccines are concerned," he added. 

Authorities have taken delivery of some 14.2 million coronavirus vaccine doses and have administered at least 8.4 million. 

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