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PH receives the final shipment of government-supplied immunizations for 2021.

The national government received the last shipment of Covid-19 vaccinations for the year on Thursday night, a total of 609,570 doses from Pfizer, amid an upward trend in confirmed coronavirus illness 2019 cases in the Philippines.

The vaccines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 just before 9 p.m., completing the country’s 40 million dosage supply deal with Pfizer.

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19’s special medical adviser, Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, commended the United States (US) government for assisting in the distribution of vaccines.

In an interview with reporters, he added, “We’d want to thank the US government for their cooperation in the delivery of around 40 million doses of vaccines that we had procured.”

Apart from the 40 million Pfizer pills purchased by the government, Herbosa claims that the United States has contributed around 26 million Pfizer doses to the Philippines.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this last shipment completes the Philippine government’s procurements for the year 2021,” he added.

According to Herbosa, the Philippines has around 210 million vaccination doses.

The government acquired 138 million of these, while the balance was donated to the Philippines through the COVAX Facility by other countries.

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“It’s an honor to be a small part of the solution to this terrible pandemic here in the Philippines,” he said, “and to see the IATF and all the officials here handle it so brilliantly.”

After the Philippines recorded 1,623 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the largest single-day tally since November 21, Herbosa stressed the importance of bolstering the country’s vaccination effort.

As of Thursday, there were more than 2.8 million verified Covid-19 infections, 2.7 million recoveries, and 51,373 deaths in the country.

“It’s critical because our cases are increasing.” He stated, “We’re reminding people to be vaccinated, and we’re reminding folks to get their booster doses.”

As the country welcomes the New Year, he also urged the public to maintain adhering to minimum public health standards.

“As we welcome the New Year and bid farewell to 2021 and hello to 2022, we hope that people would be more cautious. Please continue to follow basic public health standards, use the face mask, and congregate with only vaccinated persons.” If you’re going to have a New Year’s Eve party, make it outside like this and keep social distance in mind,” he added.

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