July 21, 2024

The Philippines received on Dec. 17 another 1,020,500 doses of Moderna vaccines, donated by the German government through the Covax facility.

Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, welcomed the arrival of Singapore Airlines Flight SQ912 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

The European Union and its member-states, such as The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, and Austria, earlier vowed to stand in “full solidarity” with the Philippines by initially donating 14,525,700 doses of various Covid-19 vaccines brands delivered from Dec. 13 to 15.

The newly arrived Moderna doses are part of around 9.9 million more donations expected to be delivered by EU members by the end of the 2021.

“We thank the European Union and all those who donated the much-needed vaccines considering that these are much needed in order for us to have the global immunity,” Galvez said.

Galvez was joined by Anja Hartung, first Secretary and consul, German Embassy; United Nations Children’s Fund deputy representative Thomas Meyerer; EU First Counsellor Maurizio Cellini; Unicef Immunization specialist Carla Orozco; and NTF Director Carissa Cruz.

Also on Dec. 17, a total of 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca, donated by the Argentinian government were expected to arrive.

Scheduled for delivery on Dec. 18 are Austria’s donation of 811,980 doses of the Pfizer jab and 1,164,150 doses of government-procured Pfizer through the Asian Development Bank (1,058,850 doses at NAIA Terminal 3 and 105,300 doses at the Davao International Airport). – PNA