BOC processed 50M vax doses

September 1, 2021 Willy M. Balasa 349 views

AUTHORITIES at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) processed some three million doses of China-made Sinovac vaccines that arrived on Tuesday and 15,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines and other brand of COVID-19 vaccines that arrived earlier.

To date, the Bureau of Customs stationed at the premier airport has processed and released more than 50 million doses of vaccines since the first arrival of vaccines last January 28.

The office of the Manila International Airport Authority general manager Eddie Monreal said the BoC-NAIA One Stop Shop processed about 29.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccines, one million doses of Sinopharm, 8.43 million doses of Astrazeneca, 4.96 million of Pfizer-BioNTech, 380,000 doses of Russian Sputnik V, 4.30 million doses of US made Moderna, some 3.24 million doses of Johnson & Johnson, and 100,000 doses Hayat Vax COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In addressing the safety and welfare, the airport ground handlers and other frontliners provided 24/7 services to facilitate essential commodities amidst pandemic.

Airport workers held a series of vaccination programs at the NAIA, in partnership with the IATF and DOH, dubbed “RESBAKUNA” last June 19, July 17, and August 14 for the inoculation of its 1,357 airport frontliners.

NAIA is also the first certified national government agency (non-LGU, non-health facility) to host vaccination programs.

Airport officials ensured that critical commodities were cleared and released expeditiously to continuously support the government’s vaccination rollout.

Authorities on August 31, facilitated the release of 3,000,000 Sinovac vaccines at Terminal 2 via PR359 and 15,000 Sputnik V vaccines at Terminal 3 via QR932 on the same day.

Another vaccine shipment on September 1 of 703,170 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived via Air Hong Kong flight around 9:20 p.m. at Bay 116 of the NAIA Terminal 3.

All the shipments were pre-cleared through BoC-NAIA OSS. Upon arrival, said vaccines were immediately transported to PharmaServ Express Cold Storage Facility, the DOH designated facility.