30K Pfizer jabs delivered to Cebu by PAL

Published May 11, 2021, 2:46 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

Nearly 30,000 doses of the United States (US)-manufactured Pfizer vaccines that arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday night, May 10 have been flown to Cebu.

(Photo from PAL Facebook page)

Information reaching the Manila Bulletin said a Philippine Airlines (PAL) A321 aircraft with flight number PR1845 transported 29,250 doses of Pfizer vaccines to Cebu early Tuesday morning, May 11.

The vaccines form a good chunk of the initial batch of 193,050 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines that the Philippines received as donation through the World Health Organization (WHO)-led Covax Facility.

The sought-after Pfizer jabs arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City at around 9 p.m. Monday.

Also sent to Cebu via flight PR1845 were 80 doses of China-made Sinovac and 132,000 doses of British-Swedish vaccine AstraZeneca.

Meanwhile, PAL Express flights (2P) also facilitated the distribution of the following volume of vaccines to their respective locations: 80 doses of Sinovac and 74,400 doses of AstraZeneca to Cagayan de Oro via 2P2521; 120 Sinovac, 67,200 AstraZeneca to Tacloban via 2P2981; 80 Sinovac, 79,600 AstraZeneca to Iloilo via 2P2141; and 80 Sinovac, 48,000 AstraZeneca to Butuan via 2P2934.

“PAL is ready to do what it can to support the country’s thrust towards healing and recovery,” the flag-carrier said in a statement.

“Our route network, our highly-trained flight and ground teams, our fleet have made vaccine transport possible. We look forward to more missions in the service of the nation,” it added.