Over a million private sector workers will be inoculated against COVID-19 with AstraZeneca vaccines next month, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said.
“The 1.17 million [AstraZeneca vaccines] will arrive in mid-July and mid-August,” Concepcion told state-run PTV partially in Filipino. He added that all of the jabs will be used as the first doses for economic frontliners.
The shipments will be in partial fulfillment of some 17 million doses ordered by the Philippine government and private firms from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company.
An initial delivery of 1.17 million jabs was originally scheduled to arrive in June but was pushed back to July. Concepcion previously said that another 1.17 million vaccines would arrive in August as well.
After the two batches of 1.17 million doses are delivered, Concepcion said, shipments for the rest of the order from AstraZeneca will be continuous.