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More vaccines arrive

October 15, 2021 Willy M. Balasa 469 views

THE German government’s donation of some 844,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines through COVAX facility arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 yesterday afternoon on an Emirates Air flight via Abu Dhabi.

On the same day, another shipment of American-made Pfizer vaccines procured by the government composed of 926,640 doses arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 from COVAX on an Air Hong Kong flight while a separate shipment of 141,570 doses of Pfizer were flown directly to Cebu City from the COVAX facility.

This afternoon, some 720,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines are expected to arrive at the NAIA on an Emirates Air flight while another shipment of 207,090 doses of Pfizer is set to arrive on an Air Hong Kong flight.

A separate shipment of Pfizer composed of 141,570 doses will be flown directly to Cebu City from COVAX facility and pre-arrival clearance will be conducted by BOC-Port of Cebu.

All the COVID-19 vaccines shipments were pre-cleared by the BOC-NAIA a day before the actual arrival except for Cebu.

“The supply of COVID-19 vaccines is no longer an issue for our country as of this time, as we now have adequate vaccines in our national inventory,” said vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

“We thus enjoin all LGUs to further scale up their vaccination throughput and encourage more of their constituents to get the jab, especially now that the vaccine rollout is now open to the general adult population,” he added.

Since March, over 23.7 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and some 27 million have received the first dose.

The government will start the pilot implementation of COVID-19 vaccination of minors on Friday morning.