20 million Moderna doses arriving May-June

About 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from American biotechnology company Moderna are expected by the end of May or early June, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said as the country ramps up its vaccination program in the second quarter of the year.

The Moderna vaccine has so far shown a 94 percent efficacy, higher than either that of Sinovac or AstraZeneca which arrived earlier this month.

American company Johnson and Johnson has also allocated six million of its coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines.

Overall, the country is expected to receive over 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the US and the United Kingdom this year, Romualdez and British Ambassador Daniel Pruce said in separate interviews.

Apart from those coming from COVAX, Pruce said the additional coronavirus vaccine shipments would include doses purchased by the private sector and local government units.

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