Philippines set to receive US vaccines
Philippines to receive 800k to a million vaccines from the United States
MANILA – The Philippines stands to receive some 800,000 to 1 million doses of either Moderna or AstraZeneca as promised by United States under President Joe Biden.
According to Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel “Babe” Del Gallego Romualdez, the vaccines will come from the stockpile of the United States which is expected to be given to the Philippines next month.
Speaking at the Malacañang Press Briefing past midday today, Ambassador Romualdez said the United States vowed to share some 500 million vaccines to the international community.
“We’re getting quite a substantial amount of doses or vaccines coming from the United States aside from what we’ve already negotiated,” he said. He said some 20 million doses, part of which is due to arrive in Manila next month, was the result of the deal the Philippines entered into with the United States.
He added what Secretary Carlito Galvez announced earlier, the 40 million, is part of the COVAX Facility “which is also a donation from the United States.
“We were able to get that, of course, at a very, I would say, very low price because it is t help countries like the Philippines,” the 74-year-old diplomat said. The Philippines stands to receive booster shots the United States is developing at the moment. He said the deal for booster shots which may be delivered next year.
“We have already reserved some 50 million doses,” he explained. (Melo M. Acuña)
Ambassador Jose Manuel del Gallego Romualdez which being interviewed by Spokesperson Harry Roque past midday today. (Screen grab from PTV4)