MANILA, July 17 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines on Friday received 1.6 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the United States government.
The plane carrying a total of 1,606,000 doses landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at around 4:30 p.m.
This is part of the 3.2 million doses of the single-shot J&J vaccine that were donated by the US through the COVAX facility.
The second batch of the J&J vaccines is expected to arrive on Saturday, bringing the total to 3,213,200 doses.
A Reuters report previously said the Philippines will receive a total of 16 million shots from the US through the COVAX facility.
At present, the Philippines has administered 14 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with at least four million people already fully vaccinated with two doses.
Meanwhile, the country has logged a total of 1,496,328 cases with 1,421,372 recoveries and 26,476 fatalities. (MNS)