Envoy: PH gets 10M vaccine doses under COVAX

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FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labeled with a “Vaccine” sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed “Coronavirus COVID-19” words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

British Ambassador to Manila Daniel Pruce announced on Friday that the Philippines is expected to receive 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX Facility, most of which are manufactured by Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The ambassador claimed that Britain funded about 548 million pounds in the COVAX Advance Market Commitment. This will help in the distribution of vaccines under the alliance to up to 92 developing countries, including the Philippines.

“The Facility expects doses will be available for delivery starting in the first quarter of 2021, perhaps as early as February, that pending the emergency use listing from the WHO (World Health Organization),” Pruce said in a statement.

COVAX is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, and WHO.

It aims to accelerate the manufacture and development of COVID-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access across the world, especially for low- and middle-income economies.

“This is part of our commitment to supporting countries around the world to get equitable access to Covid vaccines as part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.