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Rody expresses gratitude to U.S., Japan for vaccines

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President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Japan and the United States for donating millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines.

In his public report Tuesday night, the President said the two countries had shipped around two million vaccine doses each to further boost the government’s stockpile.

“We thank the Japanese government for its donation of close to two million doses of life-saving vaccines. Indeed, Japan is a friend closer than a brother ready to help in times of need,” he said.

“Our thanks go also to the United States for providing more than two million doses of Covid-19 vaccines delivered through the facility called COVAX. This is the seventh shipment of vaccines from the United States, totaling approximately 18 million doses of vaccines,” the President added.

Duterte also described Washington’s vaccine donation as a demonstration of the “strength of the US-Philippine alliance.”

The deliveries, he added, showed “wisdom” in the Philippines’ participation in the COVAX Facility, a global mechanism backed by the United Nations and the World Health Organization that seeks to make anti-coronavirus shots equitable to all countries.

 

Closer to target

Duterte expressed hope that the vaccine donations would bring the country closer to its goal of acquiring population protection before the end of the year.

“We are confident that most, if not all, cities in the country will hit or even surpass the target before Christmas,” he said.

The President then urged the public anew to get vaccinated, stressing that achieving population protection is among the solutions to the ongoing pandemic.

He also reminded Filipinos not to be choosy with the Covid-19 vaccine brands, saying these were all reviewed by experts.

The Philippines has so far received over 91.5 million vaccine doses against coronavirus, with the government expecting it to hit the 104 million mark by the end of October.

The government has administered close to 53 million doses of Covid-19 shots, with 32 percent of the country’s adult population now fully vaccinated.

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