The Philippines is expected to receive an initial 300,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on June 21, its envoy to Washington said Monday.
Further supplies are expected in July through September, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez told CNN Philippine.
The Philippines has procured some 20 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine which boasts a 95% efficacy rate. Tycoon Enrique Razon led efforts for the tripartite deal with the Philippine government and the American biotech firm.
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Seven million doses of the vaccine order will be allotted for frontline workers of the private sector while 13 million will be used by the government.
The expected arrival of the Moderna vaccines will further increase the country's vaccine inventory as it races to achieve herd immunity by November this year.
The National Task Force Against COVID-19 said nearly one million people had been fully vaccinated against the disease, with over four million doses administered.