AstraZeneca doses for LGUs, private sector now in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) — Over 1.15 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines ordered by the private sector and local government units arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday morning.

This is the first batch of delivery from the 17 million doses of the UK-manufactured vaccines procured under a tripartite agreement among the private sector, local government units, national government, and AstraZeneca.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the doses will be delivered to about 500 companies and different local governments.

"All of these are paid by the private sector. The donation that we are giving the government, Secretary Galvez has told us there is no need to donate. We can now donate [doses] directly to the different LGUs that supported the private sector," he said.

This latest shipment brings the total number of AstraZeneca doses delivered to the Philippines to 6.85 million, including donations from the Japanese government and global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said half of the 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine procured by the local governments and the private sector will arrive this year, while the rest will be delivered next year.

The Philippines is also set to receive on Friday afternoon the first batch of single-dose COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson. Over 1.6 million doses will be delivered by COVAX as part of the donation of the United States government. Another 1.6 million Janssen shots are expected to arrive on Saturday.