MANILA, May 19 (Mabuhay) — The United States government responded positively to the Philippines’ request for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, testing czar Vince Dizon said Tuesday.

According to Dizon, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez had been coordinating with key US officials on the donation of vaccines that they are not using.

“[S]a balita na binigay sa amin ni Ambassador Babe is very positive po ang naging response ng US government tungkol sa ating request, lalo na para doon sa AstraZeneca vaccines na nasa America ngayon na hindi pa nila ginagamit,” Dizon said in a live briefing.

The AstraZeneca jab is not authorized in the US.

“Ito po ay magiging donasyon, no? ‘Yun po ang nagiging usapan ngayon. Hindi lang sa Pilipinas, kundi sa iba’t ibang bansa sa mundo,” he later added.

(This will be a donation. That’s the negotiations right now. Not only for the Philippines but other countries in the world.)

Earlier, US President Joe Biden said he would send at least 20 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June, marking the first time the United States is sharing vaccines authorized for domestic use.

More than three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered in the Philippines as of mid-May.

The Philippines reported 1,149,925 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of whom 1,076,428 have recovered and 19,262 have died. (MNS)

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