PH, Pfizer ink deal for 40M doses of COVID vax, delivery starts in August

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021   •   514

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government and American multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer signed a supply agreement for 40 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said big nations are no longer strict when it comes to vaccine supply after vaccinating most of their population.

This leads to manufacturers opening delivery arrangements with other countries.

“The vaccine demand has begun to ease up for many big and rich countries, as most of them have already acquired more than enough vaccines for their population and have vaccinated many of their citizens. This has allowed the manufacturer to commit to us that deliveries, though still to be made in tranches, will be in bulk,” Galvez said.

The initial delivery for this particular deal will happen in August.

The payment for the supply will be made through a multilateral arrangement with the Asian Development Bank.

This is the biggest vaccine procurement for this year.

To date, the Philippines has secured a total of 157 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and these include those donated through the COVAX facility.

The first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine will coincide with the kick off of the national immunization program for the general public including children aged 12 to 15 years old. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PH receives UK-donated AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines that were donated by the United Kingdom (UK).

The shipment, containing 415,040 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots, arrived in Manila on Monday afternoon.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., along with outgoing UK Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce, and Foreign Affairs Office of European Affairs Assistant Secretary Jaime Leda welcomed the arrival of the vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

This is part of the 100 million vaccine doses pledged by the British government to developing countries, including the Philippines, through the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.

Pruce said the donation is a “powerful illustration of countries working together,” as he noted the strong collaboration of the United Kingdom and the Philippines in addressing the global health crisis.

“The United Kingdom has been able to donate these 4,015,040 vaccines and it will be wonderful to see in the coming days and weeks, the government of the Philippines deploy and administer these vaccines,” He said.

As of August 1, the Philippines has administered a total of 20,863,544 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Of this number, 11,747,581 Filipinos have received their first dose, while 9,115,963 individuals are now fully vaccinated.

 

Over 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

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.

Over 3 million doses of Pfizer, Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in PH this week

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is expecting to receive more than 3 million doses of Pfizer and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines this week, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the shipment containing about 562,770 doses of Pfizer vaccines will arrive in the country on Wednesday evening.

This is part of the 40 million Pfizer doses procured by the government from the American pharmaceutical firm.

The Philippines also expects to receive 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccines on July 22, and another 1 million doses on July 23.

Roque said 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 to the country.

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