President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the arrival of 1,124,100 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Government of Japan as the donated shipment arrives at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on July 8, 2021.
The President, together with officials from the Embassy of Japan to the Philippines, National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), views the crates containing the vaccines and inspects the actual vials in a ceremonial turnover.
The vaccine donation is part of the initiative spearheaded by the Government of Japan to support Southeast Asian countries amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It forms part of several aids that Japan had extended to the Philippines from the onset of the pandemic.
Since last year, the Japanese government supported the country in its COVID-19 response through the Crisis Response Emergency Loan (CRESL), Post-Disaster Standby Loan Phase 2 (PDSL 2), procurement of medical equipment and laboratory surveillance sites, and a grant for cold chain facility development.
As more supplies of COVID-19 vaccines continue to arrive, NTF Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said the country is expecting 47 million doses of vaccines by the end of August from different manufacturers. PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS