DOH thanks Australia for COVID-19 vax donation

Published November 24, 2021, 3:42 PM

by Analou de Vera


The Department of Health (DOH) expressed its gratitude to the Australian government for donating 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the vaccine donation of Australia is “substantial” to the country’s fight against the pandemic.

“It is a substantial donation and we are grateful to the government of Australia…This is substantial in the light of the fact that we are rolling out our booster policy,” he said.

“We are very happy and gratified with the support that is being provided to us by our neighbors in Australia and the Australian government in particular,” he added.

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Duque said that the Australian government has been “consistent” in extending its assistance to the Philippines.

“They are very consistent. Last month, we were also a recipient of the oxygen concentrating machines and that too is meant to help us manage our severe and critical COVID cases more effectively,” he said.

“So, we are really very thankful to the Australian government for their generosity and for their friendship. This has been reflected in the level of support that they continue to provide,” he added.

Based on the government’s National Vaccination Dashboard, the Philippines has already administered 77,560,344 COVID-19 vaccines as of Nov. 23.

Data showed that 43,290,294 jabs were given as first doses, 34,199,550 Filipinos were already fully vaccinated, while 70,500 jabs were given as booster shots.