MANILA, July 17 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines on Friday received 1.6 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the United States government.

The plane carrying a total of 1,606,000 doses landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at around 4:30 p.m.

This is part of the 3.2 million doses of the single-shot J&J vaccine that were donated by the US through the COVAX facility.

The second batch of the J&J vaccines is expected to arrive on Saturday, bringing the total to 3,213,200 doses.

A Reuters report previously said the Philippines will receive a total of 16 million shots from the US through the COVAX facility.

At present, the Philippines has administered 14 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with at least four million people already fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, the country has logged a total of 1,496,328 cases with 1,421,372 recoveries and 26,476 fatalities. (MNS)

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