Duterte to personally welcome US-donated vaccines on Aug. 3

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
maxPaginationLinks: 10

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) — President Rodrigo Duterte will personally welcome the arrival on Tuesday of 3 million Moderna vaccines from the COVAX facility co-led by World Health Ogranization.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed with CNN Philippines' The Source on Monday that the President will be among officials who will grace the arrival of the additional vaccines.

"Yes, bukas darating (they will arrive tomorrow) and the President will be one of those who will welcome the arrival of the vaccines," he said.

Año did not mention the brand of the vaccines, but Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during the Malacañang briefing that 3,000,060 Moderna doses will arrive on Tuesday.

Some 415,000 AstraZeneca doses will be delivered on Monday afternoon, while over 1 million Sinovac doses will be received within the first week of August.

Earlier reports said the incoming Moderna doses were from the United States, following the courtesy call of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III on the President last Thursday.

Austin's meeting with Duterte also paved the way for the retraction of the termination of the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States.

RELATED: Duterte cancels order to terminate VFA with US 

Meanwhile, Año noted that the 3 million vaccines that will be shipped to the country may be part of the doses that will be distributed to Metro Manila, which will shift to the strictest enhanced community quarantine starting Aug. 6. He did not say whether all 3 million doses will be earmarked for the metropolis alone.

"Kasama ito sa mga idididistribute natin sa NCR (These will be part of the vaccines that we will distribute to the National Capital Region)," Año said.

Local chief executives of Metro Manila earlier appealed to the national government to provide at least four million doses if stricter measures will be implemented in the capital region for two weeks.

Metro Manila is still under general community quarantine with "heightened and additional" restrictions until Aug. 5, but will revert to the strictest enhanced community quarantine on Aug. 6 to 20 to control the spread of the feared Delta variant.

READ: Metro Manila still under week-long GCQ, to shift to ECQ starting August 6 

READ: LIST: No dine-ins, other restrictions in Metro Manila under tighter GCQ