PH ‘will get better’ when more COVID vax arrive in June, says Duterte adviser

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. Photo: Concepcion/FB
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. Photo: Concepcion/FB

The situation in the Philippines will improve in June when more COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be delivered, Presidential adviser on entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said today.

Concepcion said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo that British-Swedish vaccine maker AstraZeneca will deliver about 1.5 million doses two months from now. The company is expected to deliver 17 million doses to the Philippines in 2021, and about 3 million of it will be donated to the national government.

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Meanwhile, at least 100,000 Moderna doses purchased by industrialist Enrique Razon Jr. will arrive in June. The American company is expected to deliver a total of 7 million in 2021. In addition, doses of Novavax will arrive in August or September.

“Things will be better in June because we will start vaccinating a lot of people,” Concepcion said. “So about 1.5 million employees will be able to get the AstraZeneca vaccines.”

He added that Carlito Galvez Jr., the country’s vaccine czar, had already agreed to prioritize the private sector in the next round of AstraZeneca vaccinations.


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