The Philippines is among the recipient countries of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines donated by Japan, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on Tuesday.
“Japan Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has just announced this morning the donation of Japan-made AstraZeneca vaccines to some countries, including the Philippines,” Dominguez said during an inquiry of the Senate Committee of the Whole on the government’s vaccine procurement budget.
The number of vaccines to be donated to the country was not disclosed.
The announcement comes following the country’s pledge to provide free coronavirus jabs to Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in June and July.
Japanese ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko confirmed the donation in a social media post, assuring that Japan will make sure “no one gets left behind”.
“Japan will donate AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines, and we’ll make sure to deliver them at the soonest possible time so no one gets left behind during this pandemic,” his tweet reads.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., during the same hearing, said the Philippines is expecting to receive a total of 68 million doses of donated jabs from various sources.
Some 44 million doses are expected to arrive from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility and 24 million from two Covid-19 brands.
As of 14 June, 6,314,548 Filipinos have already been vaccinated. The Philippines need to inoculate 58 million individuals to achieve herd immunity.