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U.S. shipping 2.58 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Philippines By Reuters


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. government will begin shipping 2.58 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines on Thursday through the COVAX global distribution program, a White House official said on Thursday.

The latest shipments of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) and Germany’s BioNTech, bring the total number of vaccines sent to the Philippines to just over 9 million, the official said.

According to the official, scientific teams as well as regulatory and legal authorities of both countries cooperated in order to expedite the delivery of vaccine lots that are safe and effective to the Asian country.

During their 70th anniversary celebrations for the Mutual Defense Treaty, Jake Sullivan (USA President Joe Biden) met with foreign and defense ministers from the Philippines.

Sullivan then announced that the United States would offer $11.3million in COVID-19 additional assistance to Philippines. This will bring the total U.S. COVID-19 help to Philippines since the beginning of the pandemic up to $37million, not counting the many vaccine doses given.

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