The Philippines will receive 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s more than 90-percent effective Covid-19 vaccines, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

“We are pleased to inform that the Philippines will receive 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, March 1, 2021, around noontime, as part of the first round of allocated doses from the Covax facility,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

“This forms part of the 44 million doses of Covax to inoculate 20 percent of our population,” Roque added.

AstraZeneca vaccines were approved for emergency use in the country last January.

“We thank the World Health Organization, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the United Nations Children’s Fund towards this end,” Roque said.

The delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines will come a day after the country receives 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines from China.

The country is expecting 5.1 million doses of vaccines to arrive within the first quarter. John Ezekiel J. Hirro