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DOH: PH to receive Covax vaccines for 20% of population

Philippine Information Agency
27 Jan 2021, 15:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) has clarified that the country will continue to receive vaccine allocation from Covax for 20 percent of the country's population.

"Previously, this entire 20 percent was to be provided to us for free. Based on latest developments, only 15 percent will be free, and the remaining 5 percent will be paid by the country," the DOH said in a statement.

Covax is a global initiative that seeks to speed up the development, production and "equitable access" to coronavirus tests, COVID-19 treatments and vaccines for all countries regardless of their income level.

The DOH earlier confirmed that the Philippines was among the 85 countries which had already submitted their requests to Covax, which is the vaccine arm of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

The DOH, however, assured the public that the budget for the 5 percent has been secured.

"Hence, even with these changes in financing, rest assured that there will be no delays in delivery of the vaccines. We remain to be on the right direction and that vaccines are arriving," it added. (PIA NCR)

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