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562,770 Pfizer doses arrive….51,480 each went to Cebu and Davao, while the rest went to Luzon.

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MANILA – A total of 562,770 out of the 40 million doses of Pfizer vaccine purchased by the government finally arrived in the country on Wednesday.


The bulk of which will be allocated to areas in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus 8 that are able of storing the sensitive shots.



GOV’T-PROCURED PFIZER JABS. National Task Force against Covid-19 Chief Implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., welcomes the freshly delivered Pfizer vaccines at NAIA on Wednesday night (July 21, 2021). A total of 562,770 doses were delivered, at least 459,810 of which were shipped to Luzon. (PNA photo by Joey Razon)


"Local government units qualified for the cold-chain solution, so majority NCR Plus 8 and the LGUs [local government units] that have the training and cold-chain solution to accept Pfizer. We will be deploying these to LGUs that are qualified and have cold-chain solution so the majority of these will be sent to NCR Plus 8 and other LGUs with the capacity to store them," National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. told reporters upon its arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Of the 562,770 doses, 51,480 each will be distributed to Cebu and Davao while the rest were transported to Luzon.

Galvez said the national government has also allocated at least 30,000 doses for seafarers whose destinations require a specific brand of vaccine like Pfizer.


He added that three LGUs in Metro Manila will administer the jabs but declined to disclose the areas.


"We have already coordinated with them about the priority on the quota that we have given, and the allocation are for the seafarers and overseas Filipino workers," he said.




Pfizer is scheduled to ship more doses on July 26 and August 3 to complete the initial 1.4 million it committed to deliver as soon as possible.


While he is confident that the 40 million doses they ordered will arrive within the year, Galvez said there is no timeline yet as to when specific deliveries will be made.


"More than 500,000 doses are advance deliveries because we're not supposed to have deliveries in July yet, but because of the goodwill that they wanted to bring to our Filipino people, Pfizer decided to give us 1.4 million initial delivery from this day to August 3," he said.


"We don't know yet but what we see is that they'll have a window every week. Indeed, we are incredibly lucky for having accessed 40 million for this year," he added.


The NCR Plus 8 is composed of Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Batangas, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Davao, Metro Cebu.


'Possible penalty'


Meanwhile, Galvez said this latest batch might not be downloaded to Muntinlupa after the city encountered a storage issue that compelled them to discard an unknown number of jabs.


Galvez did not confirm if the shots reportedly discarded were manufactured by Pfizer, saying the national government is still waiting for the investigation's results.


In a statement on July 17, Muntinlupa said this occurred at the Festival Mall vaccination site but assured the incident was "isolated".


"Anyone who can be proved to be lacking will be punished appropriately. We will not miss this," it said.


"Aside from continuous strict compliance with protocols, we will also use state of the art monitoring technology that will automatically send a warning in case an abnormality is detected in the storage facility. We will not only rely on human intervention to avoid any incident," it added. (PNA)


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