US shipping 2.58 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses to Philippines

Philippines’ Health Secretary Francisco Duque vaccinates a health worker with Sinovac Biotech’s Coronavac on the first day of the Covid-19 inoculation drive in the Philippines, at the Lung Centre of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, March 1,
Philippines’ Health Secretary Francisco Duque vaccinates a health worker with Sinovac Biotech’s Coronavac on the first day of the Covid-19 inoculation drive in the Philippines, at the Lung Centre of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, March 1,

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WASHINGTON, Sept 17 — The US government will begin shipping 2.58 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the Philippines on Thursday through the Covax global distribution programme, a White House official said on Thursday.

The latest shipments of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and Germany’s BioNTech, bring the total number of vaccines sent to the Philippines to just over nine million, the official said.

Scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from both countries worked together to ensure prompt delivery of safe and effective vaccine lots to the Asian nation, the official added.

Last week, US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with the foreign and defence ministers of the Philippines during their visit to Washington to mark the 70th anniversary of the two countries’ Mutual Defense Treaty.

At the time, Sullivan announced that the United States would provide an additional US$11.3 million (RM47 million) in Covid-19 assistance to the Philippines, bringing total US Covid-19 assistance to the Philippines since the start of the pandemic to US$37 million, in addition to the millions of vaccine doses donated. — Reuters

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