MANILA, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines -- The U.S., in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, donated 769,860 more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to end COVID-19 and its commitment to partner with the Philippine government to keep Filipinos healthy and safe.
The vaccines, which arrived in Manila on February 28, are part of the 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses that the United States is making available for distribution through COVAX, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The U.S. is the largest donor to COVAX, having donated $4 billion to help protect the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in 92 low- and middle-income countries.
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim Heather Variava joined Philippine government officials and other stakeholders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to welcome this latest vaccine shipment. With this delivery, the American people have already provided more than 29.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines.
“As the Philippines slowly shifts to the new normal, we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that Filipinos continue to have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Our partnership will help keep the country’s momentum in ending this pandemic, paving the way for a much healthier, safer tomorrow,” said CDA Variava.
The United States is working closely with Philippine partners to protect public health and support the local response to COVID-19. In addition to vaccine donations, the U.S. government has also provided more than Php1.9 billion ($39 million) in COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines to support testing, crucial care, communication campaigns, protection and training of health workers, vaccine deployment, and essential equipment and supplies.
To learn more about the U.S. government and American companies’ COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines, visit https://ph.usembassy.gov/fact-sheet-us-covid-19-assistance-to-the-philippines/.