WHO: COVAX to send 10 million more vaccine doses to PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — The country is set to receive 10 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX Facility co-led by the World Health Organization.

"COVAX has allocated a further 10 million doses to come to the Philippines in the next few weeks," said WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe at the Laging Handa briefing Tuesday.

He said that is on top of the 13 million doses already provided by the facility to the country, which consisted of three million vials of single dose J&J vaccine and 10 million double dose vaccines.

Abeyasinghe did not give details on the timeline of delivery or which vaccines would be included in the additional allocation. Local vaccine officials have yet to comment on the matter.

The first donation from COVAX of over half a million AstraZeneca doses arrived in the country in March. Since then, the other deliveries from the facility included 4,584,000 doses of AstraZeneca, 2,472,210 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and 3,240,850 doses of J&J Janssen vaccines.

COVAX is a global initiative that seeks to ensure nations' equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.