The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has transported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from Legazpi City in Albay to the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate as part of its efforts to assist the national government in containing the spread of the pandemic.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, May 4, the PCG said Coast Guard Aviation Force (CGAF) pilot Commander Dino Garcia turned over a total of 1,900 vials of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Catanduanes, while approximately 4,200 vials were delivered to the PHO of Masbate.
The PCG said the CGAF's CGH-1452 ensured the safe and swift transport of more than 1,100 vials of Sinovac vaccine to the Regional Health Units (RHUs) of Claveria and San Jacinto in Masbate for appropriate storage and immediate utilization on April 28 to 29.
“The initiative was in support of the national government's inoculation drive to address challenges brought about by the ongoing pandemic,” the Coast Guard said.
The PCG has also assisted the Department of Health (DOH) in transporting COVID-19 vaccines in MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) last month.