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US donates ₱170 million for coronavirus immunization program in PH

Updated: Jun 20, 2021

The United States Embassy confirmed the additional Php 170 million aid for the Philippines’ COVID-19 immunization program from Washington through the United States Agency for International Development.

The donation is set to use for antibody supply monitoring and safety observation. It aims to fund promotions in increasing vaccine certainty among the Filipinos and to assist the local government units in vaccine administration.

The U.S. government provided the country with almost Php 1.3 billion for COVID-19 response. It is expected to build up the health system, speed up vaccine delivery, and execute “internationally recognized infection prevention and control strategies, strengthen laboratory systems and case management, and communicate effectively about health risks. “

The States granted Php 269 million to help the Philippines decrease the virus transmission rate last year. It initially handed Php97.2 billion to the COVAX facility for the vaccine purchase and delivery. Up to date, the COVAX facility delivered around 3 million doses of vaccine. They strive to target more than 20 percent of the Filipino population to be vaccinated by the end of 2020.

The US pledged to give Php 194 billion to support 92 countries, including the Philippines. Aside from Australia and Japan, they also planned to guide Asian countries in expanding vaccine manufacturing and increasing vaccine availability.

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