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PAL airlifts 400,000 doses of vaccines from China

PAL airlifts 400,000 doses of vaccines from China”

In an emailed statement, the press secretary for Mary Ng, minister of small business, export promotion and worldwide trade, says Ng's counterparts have assured her that these measures will not affect vaccine shipments to Canada.

The country is expected to receive nearly 2 million vaccine doses - one million are procured from Sinovac and 979,200 AstraZeneca doses from COVAX Facility by the end of the month.

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian welcomed the arrival of the shipment.

HSA told TODAY that it is in talks with various companies - including British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca - on their submission plans for coronavirus vaccines. "This is considered a milestone flight for PAL as it marks the flag carrier's first airlift of COVID-19 vaccines to Manila from an global hub and makes PAL the first local carrier to fetch and carry home much-needed vaccines for our country", PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.

The Philippines has about 110 million population.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR361 carrying vital Covid vaccines cargo from Beijing arrived on Wednesday morning.

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A total of 80.46 million vaccine doses were given by Monday, Xinhua said.

The private sector and local governments were able to secure about 17 million doses of AstraZeneca through a tripartite agreement with the national government and the manufacturer. Of this initial batch, about 1.6 million doses would be given to the national government, he said.

Meanwhile, more than half a million vaccine jabs have been administered in the country, the Department of Health said.

"We are grateful for the arrival of additional donated vaccines. We'll consume as quickly as possible these vaccines", he said.

The death toll rose by 47 to 13,039, while recoveries increased by 1,072 to 579,518, it said in a bulletin.

There were 91,754 active cases, 95.3% of which were mild, 2.5% did not show symptoms, 0.8% were critical, 0.9% were severe, and 0.46% were moderate.



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