UPDATED 5:48 PM PT – Friday, July 16, 2021
The United States has started shipping more than three million COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines. The State Department confirmed that the first half of Johnson and Johnson’s shipment arrived in the county on Friday.
This stems from the fact that much of Southeast Asia has seen a spike in infections as the new COVID-19 variant has spread across the region. So far, the Philippines has administered more than 13 million doses, which is about 6% of its population.
A second delivery, scheduled for July 17, will complete the donation of 3.213 million doses. pic.twitter.com/H6A2phf4FE
– World Health Organization Philippines (@WHOFilippines) July 16, 2021
The Philippines has implemented various restrictions, such as travel bans for Indonesian visitors, in an effort to limit infections. However, economic officials have reported that the economic rebound for the post-pandemic nation still remains hopeful.
Friday’s delivery is part of the U.S. commitment to ship over 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.
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