Second tranche of procured Pfizer jabs delivered to PH

The country received an additional 375,570 doses of Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Monday night, July 26.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 17, 2020 shows vials with Covid-19 vaccine stickers attached, with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Brazilian health regulator Anvisa authorised on June 11, 2021 the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech immuniser against COVID-19 for minors over 12 years old. (FILE PHOTO)

These were part of the second tranche of the life-saving jabs that were delivered by Pfizer from the total 40 million doses purchased by the national government last month. The first shipment containing 562,770 Pfizer doses was delivered by the American pharmaceutical company last July 21.

An Air Hong Kong plane carried the shipment containing the vaccines via DHL flight LD457. It landed on Cebu-Mactan International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu at 6:23 p.m.

In a statement, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said 51,480 doses will be alloted to Cebu for the inoculation of 25,770 individuals.

The plane then departed Cebu around 7:45 p.m. and flew to Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City to bring 272,6190 doses. It is expected to land at around 9:20 p.m.

The remaining 51,480 doses will be transported to Davao City around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR1809.

With the latest delivery, there are now a total of 31,360,700 doses -- both procured and donated -- that the government has received since February this year, including 3,410,550 doses of Pfizer.

Other brands were 17 million doses of Sinovac; 6,858,900 AstraZeneca; 3,240,850 Johnson and Johnson (J&J); 500,400 Moderna, and 350,000 Sputnik V.

From the delivered jabs, a total of 17,202,421 doses were administered as of July 25 while 14,158,279 doses are considered as stockpile, according to Galvez.

There were 6,089,314 Filipinos who are now fully-vaccinated while 11,113,107 others have been inoculated with their first dose.