AstraZeneca vaccines now in Davao

DAVAO CITY, March 10 (PIA)- A shipment of around 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived at the Davao International Airport 7:00 a.m. today (March 10).

The arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccines brings to the total of 53,600 doses of vaccines that have arrived in Davao City since the arrival of the first batch of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines (12,000 doses) on March 2. It was followed by a second batch of CoronaVac vaccines (21,600) which arrived on March 4.

The Philippines was a recipient of 525,600 AstraZeneca vaccines from the Covax initiative. The shipment arrived in the country in two batches, 487,200 doses (March 4) and 38,400 doses (March 7). These vaccines where rolled out across the regions.  

Developed and made by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. This brand of COVID-19 vaccine is a non-replicating viral vector vaccine, where the gene for COVID-19 spike protein is inserted in the genome of a different virus (the vector). The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine uses the weakened and harmless Chimpanzee adenovirus as a viral vector.

As the vaccine is injected, the viral vector teaches the body’s immune system how to fight the COVID-19 virus should it need to. (PIA/RG Alama)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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