The national government led by the vaccine cluster with representatives from the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), the UNICEF, US Embassy, and Pfizer Philippines received the vaccine doses at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.
The arrival of the additional vaccines will allow more Filipinos to get inoculated against covid-19.
The government is currently administering the first and second doses of covid-19 vaccines to health care workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.
“In February, the US Government announced a $4 billion contribution to support the purchase and delivery of covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. This includes an initial contribution of $2 billion to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), which enables donor-funded access to safe and effective vaccines for 92 low- and middle-income countries, said Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO Representative to the Philippines, in a press release on Monday.
"Many of the people who will receive the covid-19 vaccines arriving today are Filipino healthcare workers – whose dedication and hard work continues to save lives and keep us safe. Healthcare workers are at the front of the line for vaccination because they are risking their health at the frontlines for the rest of us. We welcome the arrival of Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility," the WHO official stated.
The government is eyeing a total of 1.3 million doses of Pfizer vaccines through the COVAX facility.
The initial doses of 193,050 would be used to test the logistics needed to store and transport the vaccines.
Even with the scarce global supply, the Philippines is continuously negotiating with vaccine manufacturers to get additional doses of covid-19 vaccines.
The country is expecting additional doses of vaccines in the following months to help ramp up the speed of the country’s covid-19 vaccination program with the help of the COVAX facility.