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Over 180,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses from COVAX arrive

The Philippines on Thursday evening welcomed more than 180,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the COVAX facility.

According to the Bureau of Customs, this batch—following a larger batch that arrived on Wednesday—consists of 188,370 doses. It was donated to the country by COVAX, the global COVID-19 vaccine-sharing program spearheaded by the World Health Organization and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The vaccines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at around 10 p.m. and were welcomed by National Task Force Against COVID-19 Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor.

“Unang-una we would like to thank COVAX for giving us and donating Pfizer vaccines. Napakalaking tulong nito sa ating mag kababyan, mga Pilipino, lalong-lalo na ‘yung mga may sakit,” Mayor said.

[First of all, we would like to thank COVAX for giving us and donating Pfizer vaccines. This is a big help for the public, the Filipino, especially those that are sick.]

He said the vaccines will be distributed to provinces that have not yet received the vaccine brand.

“‘Yung mga bibigyan mismo ‘yung mga hindi pa nabigyan ng allocation na Pfizer because it’s part also ‘yung ma-prepare sila, ma-train ‘yung mga areas, mga town na hindi pa nabibigyan ng Pfizer,” he said.

[We will distribute these to those that have yet to receive the vaccine to prepare and train them.]

“Maraming dadating na Pfizer brand ng vaccine nitong September and October,” he added.

[There will be a lot of Pfizer vaccines that will arrive in September and October.]

The Philippines has logged a total of 2,020,484 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 33,680 who have died. — BM, GMA News