The Philippines on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, received its biggest single day delivery of American-made Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines consisting of 3,004,560 government-procured and donated doses.
A total of 994,500 doses of Pfizer vaccines coming from the US government through COVAX were delivered each to Cebu and Davao, which brings to 10.8 million the doses donated by the facility.
Meanwhile, 1,015,560 doses of government-procured Pfizer arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 at around 8:30 PM.
Of these doses, 76,050 shots were delivered to Cebu City on Wednesday, while another 77,220 doses were shipped to Davao City on Thursday morning, October 7.
Atty. Wilben M. Mayor, assistant secretary and chief of staff of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, thanked the US government for the continuous delivery of the Pfizer vaccines.
US Embassy Deputy Councilor for Economic Affairs Zeenat Syed said: “We’re very proud that we’re able to continue the support to the Department of Health’s excellent rollout of the vaccines and hope that’s gonna be continuing in the weeks to come.”
According to Department of Health Undersecretary Ma. Carolina Vidal-Taino, Pfizer vaccines can now be stored at a regular refrigerator temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
“Kaya halos lahat na ng mga regions ngayon at lugar, makakatanggap na rin sila ng Pfizer vaccines and it will be deployed na agad,” Taino said.
This latest shipment brings to 80,415,200 the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to the country since February.
NTF against COVID-19 special adviser Dr. Teodoro Herbosa emphasized that the country is doing well in its vaccination rollout.
Herbosa noted that more than 80 million doses have arrived in the Philippines since February, while more than 100 million doses are expected to be delivered by October.
“We needed 140 million doses, ngayon nasa 80 [million] na tayo nakalampas na tayo ng 50 percent of the number of vaccines na kailangan so maganda ‘yung situation natin,” he said.
As of October 5, the government has administered 47,778,751 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of this figure, 25.37 million Filipinos have received their first dose, while 22.4 million individuals are now fully vaccinated.
Press Release from the National Task Force against COVID-19