487,200 AstraZeneca jabs arrived

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FILIPINOS now have the luxury of choosing which COVID-19 vaccine they are willing to be injected with.

Some 487,200 AstraZeneca jabs landed on Philippine soil around 7:20 pm Thursday night aboard a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines commercial plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

In a statement, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 said that the distribution of the vaccines throughout the country will “immediately commence after repackaging.”

The Philippines is expecting 525,600 doses but actually got 487,200 jabs.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said that the Philippines got less because of the logistical and packaging constraints that came with the commercial flight.

The AstraZeneca jabs, a viral vector vaccine deemed effective if administered twice on a patient with a gap of two weeks, came days after some 600,000 China-made Sinovac vaccine doses arrived in the country.

Both are donations that were coursed through the COVAX facility, a World Health Organization initiative that ensures equitable access to COVID-19 jabs in developing countries.

Top government officials earlier hinted on another delivery within the month – that of Pfizer.

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