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More vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer arrived in the country as part of the national government’s continuous efforts to reduce the risks of COVID surges, especially in the face of the more threatening Delta variant.
A total of 1,233,300 doses of U.S.-developed Moderna COVID-19 jabs arrived at the Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport past 9 AM on Thursday, September 30.
Of the number, 863,800 were procured by the national government, while 369,500 shots were bought by the private company International Container Terminal Services, which procured Moderna vaccines for its employees.
The country has so far procured 20 million Moderna vaccine doses this 2021, wherein 13 million of which were purchased by the national government and 7 million by the private sector.
National vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. stated the Moderna vaccines will be allocated to regions 3, 4-A, 7, 11, 12, and other areas that are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
He also said the government expects the overall vaccine deliveries in the country to reach 100 million by October since the country started receiving doses of the life-saving jabs in February.
The majority of the vaccine doses to be delivered will be the ones made by Pfizer and Moderna.
Additionally, a total of 391,950 government-procured Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses arrived in the country on Wednesday evening.
Since the beginning of the vaccination rollout in March, over 45 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country. Of the number, about 24 million Filipinos have received their first dose, while 21.1 million are now fully vaccinated.