Gov’t-procured 391K doses of Pfizer vax arrive

September 28, 2021 Willy M. Balasa 83 views

ANOTHER shipment of US-made Pfizer vaccines composed of 391,950 doses procured by the national government is expected to arrive this evening at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 from COVAX facility on Air Hong Kong DHL flight.

The latest Pfizer shipment will be transported to PharmaServ Express cold storage in Marikina City upon arrival at the airport to maintain its required cold temperature of -80 to -60.

According to NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, the country is expecting to receive the bulk of COVID-19 vaccines in mid-October, particularly Pfizer vaccines.

“We would like to thank the US government for providing us access to Western vaccines, at the same time, providing us with more than 10 million fresh donations of Pfizer vaccines,” Galvez said.

Some 11 million doses of procured and donated Pfizer vaccines have arrived in the country.

Aside from the 10 million donated Pfizer jabs, the Philippines will also receive additional doses from the 500 million doses pledged by the United States government to low-income countries.

Galvez said the country’s total vaccine deliveries will surpass the 100 million mark by the end of October. \

The government is eyeing to vaccinate children from 12 to 17 years old by mid-October with the expected arrival of additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next month.

Galvez recommended that children with comorbidities and children of healthcare workers should be inoculated first.