The United States has donated another Php170 million to the Philippines to support the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
The aid went through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to the US embassy’s April 15 statement.
This latest donation brought the total aid provided by the US to the Philippines to nearly P1.3 billion ($27 million).
U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law announced the assistance in Caloocan City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, USAID Philippines Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, and other US and Philippine officials in Friday.
“While the pandemic has tested our peoples and our economies, the strong bonds between Americans and Filipinos will help us rise above this challenge. We will continue to fight this unprecedented global health crisis together,” Law said in a speech.
The embassy said that through the new donation, USAID will be able to help the country in strengthening the vaccine supply chain, monitoring vaccine safety, and delivering effective communication campaigns to address vaccine hesitancy. It added that the assistance will also support local government units as they administer the vaccines. (TDT)