Brunei donates vaccine to the Philippines

Azlan Othman

The Sultanate donated 2,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to the Republic of the Philippines.

The vaccines reached the Philippines on Wednesday, the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam said yesterday.

Charge d’Affairs of the Philippines Embassy Pete Raymond V Delfin said the donation provides fresh impetus in further strengthening historically strong bilateral relations as both countries address pandemic challenges.

“On behalf of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino nation, I would like to express our gratitude for the generosity of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in donating AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines,” said Delfin.

Assistant Secretary Christopher B Montero, who was the former Ambassador of the Philippines to Brunei Darussalam, and Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Philippines Hajah Johariah binti Haji Abdul Wahab, witnessed the arrival.

“The donation was initially discussed during the visit of Secretary of Finance of the Philippines Carlos G Dominguez to Brunei in July.

“The batch of vaccines that had been allocated for the Philippines was already set aside in July as soon as the final details of the donation was finalised.

“However, the procedural requirements for its shipments needed to be clarified and this slowed down the process. Thus, the shipment was dispatched only recently,” said Delfin. He said the Sultanate’s donation will be allocated immediately to one of the local governments outside of Manila.