President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday personally received on behalf on behalf of the Philippines three million Moderna vaccine doses for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The newly arrived Moderna vaccines brings to more than 37 million the total doses the Philippines has received so far to fight Covid-19.Also, more than 21 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, with last week’s daily average hitting 523,018, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday.
“It is with joy and high hopes, we welcome today the arrival of more than three million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccines from the United States of America,” he said in his speech.
Aside from the vaccines, he also thanked the US for the donations of the key medical supplies and equipment and the provision of institutional support to our Covid response.”All of these have helped, definitely will continue to help the Filipino people. Indeed, the cooperation between the Philippines and US in overcoming the pandemic highlights the strong and deep friendship between our two countries,” he said.
Duterte also acknowledged the “tedious” and “difficult” process in ensuring that the vaccines reach the people.
He, however, assured that the poor will be prioritized in the vaccine rollout.
“I know that it is the sentiment of America that the vaccines that will be given to the Philippines should go first to those who have least in life. The poor. The poor ones who cannot afford,” he said. “Rest assured that everybody will follow that directive.”
Duterte also expressed hope that those who were still hesitant to get vaccinated would be “enticed” with the Covid-19 vaccines donated by the US.Prior to the arrival of the three million Moderna vaccine doses, US also donated 3.2 million doses of the single-shot Johnson&Johnson vaccine to the Philippines. These vials were delivered in two tranches.
Meanwhile, In an online briefing, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said that 9.37 million people have been fully vaccinated while 11.840 million received their first dose as of August 2.
“We have a daily average jab of 523,018 for July 26 to August 1 and we recall on July 27, the highest recorded number of jabs per day is 659,029,” Cabotaje said.