MANILA, Philippines — Following a delay, 487,200 doses ofCovid-19 vaccines developed by British-Swede pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca will arrive in the Philippines on Thursday, March 4,

FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
MANILA, Philippines Following a delay, 487,200 doses ofCovid-19 vaccines developed by British-Swede pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca will arrive in the Philippines on Thursday, March 4, Malacañang said Wednesday.
This is to confirm that the Philippines is set to receive 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines tomorrow, March 4, 2021, 7:30 PM, as part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
Some 525,600 doses of AstraZenecas vaccines were supposed to arrive in the Philippines on Monday, March 1, but encountered delay due to supply problems.
President Rodrigo Duterte will personally witness the arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility, Roque earlier said.
The Philippines is expected to receive at least 5.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca via the COVAX facility within the first quarter of 2021.
The country started on Monday its mass vaccination program to beat the further spread of Covid-19, following the delivery of 600,000 doses of Sinovac Biotechs vaccine, CoronaVac, donated by the Chinese government.
EDV/KGA
For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.What you need to know about Coronavirus.For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.
The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.