3 countries commit to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Philippines –Galvez

Three countries have pledged to donate millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Monday.

Galvez said the three countries, which he did not identify, would donate 1.5 million and one million doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, respectively.

He also said one country might share three million doses.

Galvez made the pronouncement at an event in San Mateo, Rizal marking the 30 million doses that have been administered since the country began its mass immunization campaign on March 1.

The Philippines has so far received donated vaccines from China, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the COVAX facility, a World Health Organization-led initiative that seeks to ensure equitable access to vaccines, especially for poorer nations.

A total of 13 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, still far from the government’s target of vaccinating up to 70 million people before the end of the year. –LDF, GMA News

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