Philippines Receives Second Shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine from COVAX

MANILA – The Philippines on Friday got its second batch of 2,279,160 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the novel coronavirus from the COVAX Facility, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) announced.

“Of this figure, 210,600 doses of Pfizer will be allocated each for Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, while the rest of the supply will be deployed to NCR Plus or Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite, and other areas that have high cases of COVID-19,” the NTF said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and NTF Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. welcomed the arrival of the vaccine shots at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Also present were WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, UNICEF Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov and Chargé d'Affaires John C. Law from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

The Southeast Asian country received its first shipment of 193,050 donated doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX Facility last May 10. - FJJ

(Photo courtesy of the National Task Force Against COVID-19)