MANILA, Philippines — More than 500,000 additional doses of US-made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country on Wednesday night.
The cargo plane carrying 562,770 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu around 6:45 p.m.
Part of the shipment, amounting to 51,480 doses, will be distributed in Cebu.
The rest were brought to Manila via the same flight that landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than the original schedule of 9:20 p.m.
Another 51,480 doses of Pfizer are expected to be delivered in Davao City around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22.
The remaining 459,810 doses allocated for Metro Manila will be brought to the cold storage facility in Marikina City.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said that a total of 562,770 Pfizer shots that were procured by the government will arrive on Wednesday night.
This is part of the 40 million Pfizer doses procured by the government from the American pharmaceutical firm.
Meanwhile, the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week more than 2 million additional Sinovac jabs. The first shipment of 1.5 million doses will arrive on July 22, and another 1 million doses on July 23.
Prior to Wednesday’s delivery, the Philippines has so far received more than 27 million vaccine shots, including brands of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Janssen.
The Philippine government hopes to further boost its vaccination campaign when more vaccine supplies are delivered in the country.