PH receives new batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — Over 660,000 more doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine purchased by the private sector and local governments arrived in the country on Friday morning.

"Malaki ang maitutulong nito dahil kasi unang-una 80% ng vaccine na ito pupunta sa LGUs (local government units)," vaccine czar Carlito Galvez told reporters at the Ninoy International Airport Terminal 1, where he received the shipment of 661,220 vaccine doses.

[Translation: This is a big help, as 80% of these vaccines will go to LGUs.]

Meanwhile, the country expects to receive 190,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine on Saturday, Galvez said.

Nearly 18 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated, according to Galvez.

This story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available