UK $ 5.6million vax aid to PH ‘testament to lasting support’: sent

“SUSTAINABLE SUPPORT”. National Covid-19 Task Force, Implementation Officer and Secretary to Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. (4th from left) and UK Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils (5th from from left) welcome the arrival of 288,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom to the Philippines, at Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Friday, November 26, 2021. The lot is one of 5.2 million of doses donated by the UK to be shipped to Manila by November 27. (ANP photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

MANILA – The UK government’s donation of 5.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is a testament to the UK’s ‘enduring support’ to help the Philippines fight the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (Covid-19 ), Ambassador Laure Beaufils said on Friday.

The envoy, along with Philippine secretary to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., welcomed the arrival of 288,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which are among the 5.2 million doses that will be shipped to Manila by Saturday.

In August, the UK made its first donation of 414,040 doses of vaccine to the Philippines.

“It is absolutely essential for us to be able to help our partners through this pandemic and we are committed to providing up to 100 million doses (worldwide) and today it shows that we are living up to this commitment,”, Beaufils said in an interview.

“Our contribution to the Philippines now stands at nearly 5.6 million doses and is a testament to our friendship and enduring support throughout the pandemic.”

She said the UK was also continuing to work with the Philippines in various areas of cooperation, including education and political exchanges, to further improve responses against Covid-19.

“So yes, it’s a broad cooperation with a lot of various commitments,” said Beaufils.

Galvez said the new British aid was not requested by Manila but was initiated by the British government.

“It is very timely because we will have our national immunization day for three days and we may need more,” he said, citing some local government units in the areas of Calabarzon and central Luzon. .

From November 29 to December 1, the Pandemic Task Force aims to vaccinate 15 million people across the country and reach the “population protection” threshold as soon as possible.

As of Friday, around 34,963,067 people had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while 137,801 had received their boosters.

Besides the United Kingdom, Poland and South Korea are each expected to deliver more than 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of the year. (ANP)

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