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Philippines receives 193,050 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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THE Philippines on Monday, received 193,050 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine  giving the country its 4th brand of jab against the coronavirus.

  The shipment from the American pharmaceutical giant arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 around 9 p.m.

  “We give them sa mga may kapasidad na local government units,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press conference hours before the vaccines arrived.

  We give them to local government units that already have the storage capacity.

  “Ito ‘yung may mga subok na… na ‘yung ultra low freezer nila at handling ay makakaya so hindi tayo magkakaroon ng wastage,” she added.

  These are the ones that have shown that they have ultra low freezers and that they are capable of handling these vaccines so we don’t have wastage.) 193,000 Pfizer COVID-19 doses to arrive in the Philippines on Monday, first from brand.

  Pfizer’s vaccine needs to be stored in freezers with -70 degrees Celsius.

  The Pfizer jabs will be distributed to local governments in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, Vergeire said.

   Philippines was supposed to get its first vaccines from Pfizer last January, but the deal fell through after the Department of Health reportedly failed to submit complete documentary requirements to the firm.

  Aside from Pfizer’s, the Philippines has received the vaccine candidates of AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Gamaleya Institute. As of May 8, the country has received 7,540,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, of which, 2,065,235 have been administered.

  The Philippines has recorded a total of 1,108,826 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 59,897 active infections, 18,562 fatalities, and 1,030,367 recoveries, as of Monday.

  Up to 70 million are target for inoculation this year to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.

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