MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States government, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.
In a statement, the NTF said 561,600 more Pfizer shots from the US government through World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility arrived in Manila on Monday night.
Last September 19, the Philippines also received a total of 2,020,590 doses of Pfizer shots, which were also donated by the US through COVAX.
“I’m really proud that we donated for the last two days more than 2 million doses that will give more than a million Filipinos full vaccination,” US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava said.
Variava also expressed gratitude to the government of the Philippines, the WHO, and UNICEF for the continuing partnership which is helping to save lives and overcome the pandemic.
The latest batch of Pfizer vaccines were immediately transported to the Pharmaserve cold storage facility in Marikina City.
NTF special adviser Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said that majority of these vaccines will be deployed to Region 4-A, Region 3, Cebu, and Davao.
“We continue to catch up in those areas where we only have about 3% to 5% fully vaccinated [individuals]. So hinahabol talaga natin ‘yung outside NCR.” Herbosa said.
Aside from the donated jabs, 3,935,880 procured Pfizer doses have been delivered to the Philippines as part of the 40 million doses the country has secured from the American pharmaceutical firm.
In total, the Philippines has received some 16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX Facility.
As of September 20, a total of 64,942,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses coming from various manufacturers have been delivered to the Philippines since February.