AstraZeneca Vaccine Delivery Postponed, Says DOH Secretary Duque
The Sinovac vaccine has already arrived in the Philippines. The Presidential Communications of the Government of the Philippines announced on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
The COVID-19 vaccines from United Kingdom’s AstraZeneca, on the other hand, were expected to be delivered to the Philippines on Monday, March 1, 2021, based on a report published by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
However, in an interview conducted by the PTV on Sunday, February 28, 2021, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III revealed that the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been postponed.
According to DOH Secretary Duque, the Word Health Organization (WHO) has informed them that the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country will be delayed for about a week due to global supply problem.
“Well, meron lang balita kasi… na hindi matutuloy, dahil nga ang sabi ng WHO, nagkakaproblema sila sa supply. So maaantala daw ng mga isang linggo. Although, kinonfirm nila kahapon na darating bukas… pero kanina, tunmanggap kami ng kumunikasyon, nagsasabi hindi daw matutuloy. Baka abutin ng isang linggo pa.”
– DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III on Feb. 28, 2021
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Watch the Interview with DOH Secretary Duque
Here is the video PTV’s interview with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III. Watch it from the beginning or start at 3:26 of the video for more details on the said postponed delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccines.
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Source: PTV| Official YouTube, Philippine News Agency (PNA), Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)| Official Facebook| Feb. 28, 2021| 9:32 PM, Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)| Official Facebook| Feb. 28, 2021| 8:30 PM