Philippines to get up to 40 million ‘free’ COVID-19 shots from COVAX — official

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MANILA, Jan 21 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines will receive up to 40 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for free from the COVAX initiative, an official leading the inoculation drive said on Thursday.

Led by the World Health Organization and GAVI vaccine alliance, the global COVAX initiative aims to ensure equal distribution of vaccines.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said he has seen a “confirmation of participation” in the COVAX scheme.

“Ikinagagalak ko pong ibalita na ang ating COVAX Facility para sa Pilipinas ay naaprubahan na po. Sa loob po na posibilidad na makasiguro mayroon tayong 30 to 40 milion na doses for free, para po sa lahat sa ating mga kababayan,” he said in a public briefing.

Vaccines from COVAX will include those developed by US-based Pfizer and Johnson&Johnson, British drugs group AstraZeneca, and the Covovax from the Serum Institute of India, said Galvez.

These will be on top the 148 million vaccine doses that the Philippines is hoping to secure this January, he said.

The government aims to begin immunization next month, hoping to inoculate 70 million people, or two-thirds of the population, this year.(MNS)

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