Malacañang on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte would welcome the arrival of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines in the country just like he did over the weekend for Sinovac’s donated doses.

“He’s on standby to be in the airport to receive the delivery of the [AstraZeneca vaccine from Covax] kung kailan po ito mangyayari,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a virtual presser.

“Kahapon po, nagbigay [ang presidente] ng order matapos ang talk to the people, sabihin lang sa kanya kung kailan darating at sasalubong din po siya,” he added.

Roque said Duterte would witness the arrival of the vaccines out of gratitude to the World Health Organization and the UK government.

The country was supposed to receive 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday from the Covax facility but was delayed by “about a week” due to global supply issues.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said a date had yet to be determined for the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccines.

Some 5.1 million vaccine doses from various manufacturers are expected to arrive in the first quarter of the year. John Ezekiel J. Hirro