ALMOST two million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID -19 vaccines donated by the US government arrived yesterday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. \
The shipment of 16 pallets of diluent and 310 thermal boxes composed of 1,813,500 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines arrived around 4:13 a.m. on a US National Air Cargo Airlines flight.
The US-donated vaccines were pre-cleared and released by the One Stop Shop [OSS] of the Bureau of Customs-NAIA last October 1 after proper documents were presented.
The 1,813,500 doses were loaded to refrigerated trucks and brought to cold storage facilities authorized by the Department of Health (DOH).
The US government announced on Friday that they are sending more than eight million COVID-19 doses to Bangladesh and the Philippines in the latest wave of aid to a world still struggling to tame the pandemic.
Five shipments totaling 5,575,050 doses will go to the Philippines as reported.
All Pfizer-BioNTech are being donated through the World Health Organization’s COVAX program.
The US government understands that putting an end to this pandemic requires eliminating it around the world, the US donations represent “the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country.”
The Philippines has recorded more than 2.5 million infections, including over 38,000 deaths. Just over a quarter of the adult population has been fully vaccinated amid a delayed and slow vaccination rollout as early reported.
US officials warn the economy could take more than a decade to recover from the pandemic impact, which has thrown millions out of work.
The Philippine government is appealing to every Filipino to have vaccinated by any brand of vaccines that are available in the country to protect from death.