PH welcomes 889,200 more donated Pfizer vaccine doses

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2021 04:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2021 06:30 PM

Photo from the NTF Against COVID-19
Photo from the NTF Against COVID-19

MANILA (UPDATE)—Philippine authorities on Saturday afternoon received 889,200 more COVID-19 jabs manufactured by Pfizer, which is part of the donations from COVAX facility. 

The Pfizer shots arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 via Emirates flight EK332. 

The latest batch, donated by the United States, raises the country's total received vaccine doses to more than 75.59 million, more than a half of which are jabs from China's Sinovac. 

Earlier in the day, the US government announced donating more than 5.5 million Pfizer shots to the Philippines by next week through vaccine-sharing platform COVAX.

This would be delivered in 5 tranches, a US official said. 

In a statement, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country is grateful to the World Health Organization as authorities already welcomed a total of 17,840,230 doses from COVAX.

"We highly appreciate your efforts for ensuring the delivery of these vaccines despite the limited global vaccine supply and logistical challenges you face," Galvez said. 

"These doses will provide a major boost to our efforts to accelerate the implementation of our vaccine program and further expand its coverage."

The Philippines, fighting one of Asia's worst coronavirus outbreaks, has confirmed some 2.56 million infections, including 38,493 deaths overall. The recent jump in cases is linked to the highly contagious Delta variant.

At least 21.3 million of the country's target 77 million people have been fully vaccinated so far, while 24.2 million are partially vaccinated from the disease.