MANILA, Philippines – A total of 3,000,060 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the government of the United States are set to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday, August 3, Malacañang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte will personally welcome the arrival of the donated vaccines.
Duterte earlier expressed his gratitude to the administration of US President Joe Biden for committing three million vaccine doses, which he said, will greatly help the government’s mass immunization drive amid the threat of more contagious coronavirus variants.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo. I’d like to thank the President of the United States, si Biden, the government and the people of America for not forgetting us,” Duterte said during his public address late Monday.
The United States donated three million doses of Moderna vaccine through the COVAX vaccine-sharing program led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and GAVI.
Aside from the US-donated Moderna shots, Roque said additional Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government are expected to arrive this month.
One million Sinovac shots may be delivered in the first week of August and over seven million in the succeeding weeks.
More than 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom have already arrived in Manila on Monday.
Around 813,150 Pfizer doses procured by the government will also be delivered by August 9 while 1.1 million AstraZeneca vaccines procured by the private sector are expected within August 9 to 15.
The Philippines will also receive on August 10, around 1 million Sinopharm vaccine doses donated by China.
In total, Roque said the country is expecting to receive more than 22 million doses for August.
The Philippines has so far received a total of 33,860,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers.
A total of 21,210,129 COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered as of August 2. Around 11.8 million individuals have received their first dose while 9.3 million have already completed their shots.
Duterte earlier made an assurance that all regions and provinces will get the vaccines they need, but in the meantime, the government will prioritize the distribution of the jabs to areas with increased number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
He also appealed for public patience as the government is facing a challenge in securing vaccine supplies.