38,400 AstraZeneca jabs arrived

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SOME 34,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines finally arrived, completing the first batch of the jabs developed by the British biopharmaceutical firm.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez formally received the AstraZeneca jabs coming from the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility, bringing to 525,600 the total of doses that the country has received from AstraZeneca.

COVAX is a global initiative designed to give an equitable access to poor countries.

The initial batch was originally scheduled to arrive on March 1, but was delayed. The government said it was due to supply issues, but the WHO clarified that it was due to logistical concerns.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far approved an emergency use authorization (EUA) for three vaccines — AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sinovac. 

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