MANILA, Philippines – More COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government from the US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer-BioNTech have been delivered to the Philippines, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.
The NTF said that a total of 728,910 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived in the country on Thursday night.
From this batch, 677,430 doses arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 and were sent to the Pharmaserv cold storage facility in Marikina City, while 51,480 doses were first dropped off in Cebu.
The remaining 92,430 doses will be flown to Davao on Friday.
NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country is expecting to receive the bulk of COVID-19 vaccines this October, particularly those coming from Pfizer.
“We would like to thank the US government for providing us access to Western vaccines, at the same time, providing us with more than 10 million fresh donations of Pfizer vaccines,” he said in a statement.
Brett Blackshaw, counselor for political affairs of the US State Department cited the strong cooperation between the Philippines and United States in the global fight against the pandemic.
“We are pleased to see this delivery of over half a million US-made vaccines to the Philippines. We are in this COVID fight together, the Philippine people, the American people – people around the world and every one of these vaccines as Pres. Biden said yesterday is a little dose of hope,” he said.
Nearly 11 million doses of procured and donated Pfizer vaccines doses have been delivered to the country.
Aside from the 10 million donated Pfizer shots, the NTF said that the Philippines is also set to receive additional doses from the 500 million doses pledged by the United States government to low-income countries.
“Yesterday, [President Joe] Biden already announced that they will be giving 500 million of Pfizer and we were informed that the Philippines will be part of the low-income and [middle] income countries that will be given the fresh donations of Pfizer vaccines.” Galvez said.
A total of 66,699,340 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers have been delivered to the country since February.
The Philippine government is looking to expand its target COVID-19 vaccination coverage to include 90% of the country’s population due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.