At least 1,016,900 doses of Pfizer arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 last night.
National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 head of strategic communications on current operations Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor welcomed the arrival of the vaccines which were purchased by the government through the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The country is expected to receive another 201,240 doses of Pfizer on Friday night.
Prior to this, at least 3,191,040 doses of AstraZeneca arrived on Thursday afternoon which were donated by United Kingdom through the COVAX facility.
On the other hand, Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. has acknowledged the crucial role of local government units in ensuring the success of the vaccination program against COVID-19.
“Nasa kamay po ng LGU ang paglunas dito sa pandemya na ating hinaharap. Kami po sa national government, we are ready and willing to support you,” Galvez said.
The vaccine czar also noted the importance of scaling up the vaccination output of Batangas and the rest of Southern Luzon, which is adjacent to Metro Manila.
“Hindi po masesecure ang ating National Capital Region kung hindi po mababakunahan ang CALABARZON at Region 3,” Galvez said.
He likewise stressed the importance of mandating the vaccination of economic workers, especially those reporting onsite.
“Dati hindi natin mamandato kasi wala tayong supply. Ngayon, maganda na ang supply natin, at saka gusto nating protektahan ‘yung karamihan,” Galvez said.
As of 25 November, a total of 78,528,357 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide.
Of this number, 43,870,322 Filipinos have received the first dose, while 34,555,933 individuals are now fully vaccinated.