The Philippines received another batch of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from Moderna totalling 326,400 doses on Sunday afternoon.
The chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Galvez said of the newly arrived Moderna vaccines, 224,400 doses are for the government while the remaining 102,000 doses are for port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).
“We will distribute it in areas experiencing a surge here in Metro Manila considering that we have a limited volume of Moderna. The concentration to fight the variant will be in the National Capital Region and other surge areas,” he said in Filipino.
Galvez also said the remaining unvaccinated medical front-liners (A1), senior citizens (A2), and persons with comorbidities (A3) will be the priority groups of the newly delivered vaccines.
In Metro Manila, which is currently under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Galvez said 90,000 doses of Moderna will be allocated to reach the target of 4 million jabs to ramp up the inoculation program during the lockdown period from Aug. 6 to 20.
“Once we receive two doses, it has a tremendous effect on the variants. Even on the Delta variant, it prevents severe and critical cases, and even death. Our vaccination has a big impact. It really saves lives and the vaccines can beat all the variants,” Galvez said partly in Filipino.
He noted that as of Aug. 8, the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 24.175 million, adding that some 13 million Filipinos already received the first dose while 11 million are already fully vaccinated.Galvez also said 14.7 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to be delivered to the country this month.