The Philippines expects a bulk shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in the country before the month ends, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday, May 13.
The delivery of 2.2 million doses of the American-made vaccines will be facilitated by COVAX, a global initiative led by the World Health Organization, vaccine alliance Gavi, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.
The next delivery of more or less 2.2 million is before the end of the month, he informed.
Should it push through, this will be the country’s second shipment of Pfizer vaccines this month. The first shipment of 193,000 doses arrived on May 9, and it is currently being rolled out in several areas.
Pfizer’s vaccine needs ultra-cold freezers with temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius or lower, which are not yet commonly available throughout the country. It’s important to keep the vaccines at the right temperature during storage and distribution to ensure their efficacy.