US delivers over 1.8-M Pfizer vaccines to PH

Published October 13, 2021, 1:35 PM

by Betheena Unite

The United States recently delivered an additional 1,842,750 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility.

NEW BATCH OF PFIZER VACCINES– A total of 1,842,750 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from the United States were delivered to the Philippines on Oct. 10 and 11,2021 through the COVAX facility. (Photo courtesy of the US Embassy in the Philippines)

According to the US Embassy in the Philippines, the vaccines were delivered in two separate shipments to Manila on Oct. 10 and 11.

The Oct. 10 shipment carried a total of 924,300 doses while the Oct. 11 shipment had 918,450 doses.

These were part of the 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccines the United States is making available for distribution through COVAX, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

This follows last week’s delivery of 5.57 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Philippines.

US Embassy in the Philippines ad interim Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava joined National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. and other stakeholders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to welcome the arrival of the vaccine shipments.

“We’re really proud to be part of this effort here in the Philippines to vaccinate the Filipino people including teenagers and children so we can get them back to school,” Variava said.

The United States, the largest donor to the COVAX facility, has facilitated the delivery of more than 24.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines via COVAX, including more than 16.4 million doses provided by the American people.

To date, total U.S. government COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines amounts to over P1.9 billion ($39 million).