Processing of documents delays Pfizer vaccines delivery in PH – Dizon

Published February 11, 2021, 1:35 PM

by Gabriela Baron

National Task Force (NTF) Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon on Thursday, Feb. 11, said there will be a slight delay on the arrival of the first 117,000 Pfizer vaccines in the country.

The convoy carrying the mock-up vaccine arrives at RITM in Muntinlupa City. On Tuesday (Feb. 9), the national government conducted a nationwide simulation of vaccine rollout from NAIA 2 to RITM warehouse and to COVID-19 referral hospital in Manila, Cebu, and Davao (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a virtual press briefing, Dizon bared that processing of documents of Pfizer vaccines from the COVAX facility has been delayed, however, he assured the shots will be delivered within the month.

“Our first 117,000 Pfizer vaccines had a few delays due to the processing of documents with the COVAX facility and the World Health Organization,” Dizon said in Filipino.

“We are confident that the vaccines will arrive in the coming weeks,” he added.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the national government conducted a full-scale simulation exercise of vaccine deployment.

The simulation exercise gave the public a peek on how the vaccines will be received upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, transported to its temporary holding at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to its referral hospitals, such as the Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, and the Southern Philippines Medical Center.