Pfizer vaccines arrive in the Philippines despite Typhoon threat

Vaccines from Pfizer arrived in the Philippines late Friday night, December 17, amid Typhoon Odette's threat. Photo: NTF-COVID-19/PR

MANILA – In the midst of Typhoon Odette's threat, approximately 1,164,150 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived in the Philippines on Friday night, December 17.

To date, a total of 31,986,630 Pfizer doses have been delivered to the country, out of the 40 million doses purchased by the national government through a multilateral agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

During an interview after the vaccines arrived, NTF medical consultant Dr. Ma. Due to Typhoon Odette, some regions postponed National Vaccination Days, according to Paz Corrales.

"Merong mga Rehiyon na magsisimula sa December 20, 21, and 22 because we must ensure not only the safety and security of the vaccines, but also the safety and security of our health workers," Corales said.

"That's why we've postponed and have different national vaccination days [for] the typhoon-affected regions," she explained.

As of December 16, the government had distributed a total of 100,019,137 doses of COVID-19 vaccine across the country.

55,975,001 were given as first doses, 43,029,348 as second doses, and 1,014,788 as booster shots. (NTF-COVID-19/PRESS RELEASE)
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