1M COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive from Beijing

June 6, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 133 views

ANOTHER one million doses of anti-COVID vaccines were airlifted to Manila from Beijing June 6, the fourth shipment picked up by Cebu Pacific in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH).

CEB spokesperson Candice Iyog said the vaccines were safely flown in temperature-controlled containers aboard CEB’s chartered A330 flight 5J 671 and arrived at the NAIA at 7:35 a.m.

“We remain optimistic that the continuous airlifting of these life-saving vaccines will pave the way in inoculating a sizeable amount of the population. We appreciate the support of Cebu Pacific and other Philippine carriers in this mission of distributing COVID 19 vaccine supplies even to the far regions of the archipelago,” said vaccine czar, Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19.

Upon arrival in Manila, all vaccines were inspected by authorities prior to transfer to cold storage vans and facilities.

“We remain grateful for the opportunity to support the government’s vaccination program.We are keen to transport the vaccines, whether internationally or domestically, so that our national vaccination campaign meets its target,” Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific, said.

Over the week, CEB also transported a total of 51,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses to five provinces, namely, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Zamboanga and Tuguegarao.

To date, CEB has already transported 3.5 million vaccine doses from China to Manila, and more than 1.1 million doses to various parts of the Philippines since March this year.