The Philippines has received its first shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, arriving on Sunday night (June 27). 

The initial batch was welcomed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and was unloaded after safety procedures.

The delivery contains a total of 249,600 doses – divided into two. The government ordered 150,000 doses while the private sector acquired 99,600 doses. 

This is the second shipment of vaccines in the Philippines where the private sector shares the contents. The first one occurred earlier this month with Sinovac BioTech’s Coronavac vaccine.

This 2021, a total of 20 million doses are expected to be delivered. The national government has ordered 13 million while the private sector procured 7 million doses. 

With this recent delivery of vaccines, the Philippines has received a total of 16.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

This also makes Moderna the fifth anti-coronavirus jab to be used in the country. It will now join Coronavac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, and Pfizer-BioNTech – all of which have received an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At present, the country has vaccinated a total of 9,542,612 Filipinos – 2,246,897, of which, have been fully vaccinated. 

The government’s inoculation drive is currently in the A4 phase, which consists of essential workers. 

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Image credit: National Task Force Against COVID19