More than 3.4-million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recently received by the Philippines from the United States (US).
Through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, US donated an additional 3,400,020 doses of the Pfizer vaccines which arrived in two separate shipments in the country on Dec. 20 and 21.
A total of 1,776,060 doses arrived in Dec. 20 while another 1,623,960 doses were delivered on Dec. 21.
According to US Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (CDA) Heather Variava, the new batch of vaccine doses is “the largest single donation of the Pfizer vaccine to the Philippines from the 500 million made available by the US.”
“Today, I’m pleased to welcome more than 3.4 million U.S.-donated Pfizer vaccines as part of this effort. As the new year draws to a close, we hope these vaccines will help protect our Filipino friends, partners, and allies and usher in a new year of health and prosperity,” Variava said during the arrival of the vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The United States has facilitated the delivery of more than 53 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines, including more than 22 million doses donated by the American people.
“The vaccines donated by the United States are enough to fully vaccinate one-in-ten Filipinos,” Variava said.
She further said that the US government has provided more than P1.9 billion ($39 million) in COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines to support testing, crucial care, communication campaigns, protection and training of health workers, vaccine deployment, and essential equipment and supplies.
The American ambassador also conveyed sympathy to Filipinos affected by the onslaught of typhoon Odette and vowed to provide them assistance.
“The United States extends our heartfelt sympathies to those affected by Typhoon Odette. We are supporting ongoing Philippine response efforts and exploring ways to further assist communities in need. We also remain committed to partnering with the Philippines to protect Filipinos from COVID-19,” Variava said.