A NEW batch of procured Moderna vaccines totaling 1.3 million doses arrived today at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said that for the first week of October alone, the country already received 14,251,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, averaging a delivery of 1.5 million vaccines daily.
He said this is the 11th batch of various brands of vaccines that have been delivered to the country in just 9 days, which he called the country’s “harvest time.”
This latest batch of doses thus brings the total delivery of vaccines to the country since February this year to 85,575,600 doses.
“With the steady arrival of these vaccines, we now call on our leaders to set aside political differences and focus on our efforts to inoculate as many people as possible. Our problems now are more on throughput, administration and demand. We have no more problems regarding supply,” he said upon arrival of the vaccines at the NAIA.
“We would like to proceed now with what we call ‘Vaxx to the Maxx’ that’s why I’m calling on all local government leaders such as mayors and governors, the military, law enforcement agencies to make our vaccination efforts even better. We at the NTF would like to guarantee that all regions in the country will receive enough supply of vaccines,” Galvez explained.
He added that the collective mission now is to reopen and enable the economy to recover and safely exit from this pandemic.
US Embassy Deputy Councilor for Economic Affairs Zeenat Syed, in an interview with reporters, said the US government is very glad and very proud to see that US vaccines are supporting the Philippine government’s vaccination efforts.
“The US has facilitated donations of about 21.6 million vaccines through COVAX, including 8.8 million vaccines donated by the American people. The US and the Philippines have cooperated already on so many instances, particularly on public health, and we look forward to continuing that cooperation,” she added.
“This is really a sign of a good partnership between government and private sector through the tripartite agreement. Thanks to Sec. Galvez and Sec. Duque for working closely with the private sector to make all of these happen. Hopefully, the aim of getting a better Christmas is just within reach for all of us,” says Raymond Azurin, senior vice president for corporate affairs, Zuellig Pharma Corp.
Among other officials who welcomed the Moderna vaccines upon its arrival were Department of Health (DOH) USec. Ma. Carolina Taiño and DOH Health Director Dr. Ariel Valencia.