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Plane carrying AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines arrives in Phl

MJ Blancaflor

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The first batch of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility arrived in the country on Thursday evening.

The plane carrying the 487,200 doses developed by the British-Swedish firm, along with the University of Oxford, landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 at around 7:10 p.m via a KLM commercial plane.

After about 30 to 40 minutes, the shipment will be transported to the Villamor Air Base where President Rodrigo Duterte and other officials will personally welcome its arrival.

From the air base, the vaccine shots will be transported to Metropac, Marikina City, where it would be stored prior to deployment.

The vaccines were manufactured in South Korea, and have been donated by Germany, European Union, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, and Greece.
Government officials earlier announced that the country was supposed to receive 525,600 doses of the vaccine from the British drug maker.

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