Govt. receives new batch of Moderna vaccines

By CNN Philippines Staff

More Moderna vaccines were received by the government Sunday to boost the fight against COVID-19.

The shipment of 326,400 doses of the American-made vaccine arrived at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino Internatioal Airport just before 4 p.m.

In a briefing after the vaccines arrived, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the procurement of the vaccines was done with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).

“Ang bibigyan natin nito ay yung mga areas na merong surge, at saka dito sa Metro Manila considering na Moderna nakita na limited lang yung volume ngayon…it will be deployed in NCR and other surge areas,” said Galvez.

[Translation: This will be given to areas where there is a surge and Metro Manila considering there is a limited volume of Moderna now…it will be deployed to the NCR and other surge areas.]

An earlier shipment of three million Moderna vaccines from the United States was welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Aug. 3 in Pasay City. 

The Moderna vaccines were coursed through the COVAX facility co-led by the World Health Organization.

This August, the country expects to receive a total of 22.7 million coronavirus shots — both donated and procured —from different vaccine brands, according to Malacañang.

The Moderna vaccines were coursed through the COVAX facility co-led by the World Health Organization. 

At the briefing, Galvez said over 24 million vaccine doses have been administered, with over 11 million fully vaccinated.

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