AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in PH Monday: Roque

AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in PH Monday: Roque
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The Philippines will be receiving 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday (March 1). 

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said in his video statement on Saturday, the vaccines will arrive around noontime. 

Roque said the arrival is part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility and this forms part of the 44 million doses of COVAX to inoculate 20 percent of the country’s population.  

“We thank the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) towards this end,” he said.  

“We are grateful to everyone — from our medical frontliners to our fellow Filipinos and foreign partners  who stand by us in this challenging time,” Roque added.  

Last Friday night, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021.

The signing would expedite the procurement and administration of vaccines for the protection against COVID-19.  

The law covers the creation of an indemnity fund to cover compensation for those who would experience serious adverse effects to the vaccine.