Japan is set to donate almost two million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to the Philippines, the country’s envoy to Manila announced on Monday.

In a tweet, Japan’s envoy to the country Koshikawa Kazuhiko said 1.96 million doses would be delivered to the Philippines.

Japan in July donated 1.12 million AstraZeneca jabs to the Philippines.

“With a total of over three million doses, we hope this will boost efforts to end the pandemic and save more lives. Japan continues to support the Philippines’ fight vs Covid-19!” Kazuhiko said.

The vaccines are expected to arrive within this month.

Japan has been helping the Philippines’ Covid-19 response outside of its vaccine donations, through its Response Emergency Support Loan (CRESL), Post-Disaster Standby Loan Phase 2 (PDSL 2) and joint clinical research for the anti-flu drug Avigan.

It has also provided grants for the procurement of medical equipment, establishment of laboratory surveillance sites and development of cold chain system in support of the country’s vaccination program.

The Philippines has received 88,706,520 Covid-19 vaccine doses as of Oct. 14. John Ezekiel J. Hirro