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As more vaccines arrive, more COVID-19 cases reported

More vaccines arrive as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

MANILA – The National Task Force against COVID-19 today reported 469,200 doses of American-made Moderna vaccine arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 today via Singapore Airlines.

This comes after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 14,249 new COVID-19 cases as 11,714 recovered and 233 passed on due to the virus. The same report disclosed 52,679 persons were tested ad 24.9% were found positive. Still, 96.9% were considered mild and asymptomatic.

The total number of COVID-19 cases across the country reached 1,727,231 as of 4:00 P.M. today.

At the NTF, it was learned 319,200 doses were bought by the Philippine government while 150,000 were purchased by the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ITCSI).

NTF against COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. expressed his sincere appreciation to the United States government and Moderna for the continuous shipment of the needed vaccines.

“I would like to thank the US government and Moderna for allowing us to have access to these very effective vaccines. We are very thankful that Moderna has given us regular deliveries,” Secretary Galvez said during an interview at NAIA Terminal 3.

Secretary Galvez was joined by Clare Bea, unit chief of the US Embassy’s Environment, Science, Technology and Health, Dr. Maria Soledad Antonio, Director of the DOH’s Bureau of International Health Cooperation, and DOH Director Ariel Valencia.

According to the NTF statement, a total of 4,296,060 Moderna vaccines have been delivered to the Philippines of which 3,000,060 doses were donated by the US Government through the COVAX facility while the rest were procured. The Philippine government and the private sector ordered a total of 20 million doses of Moderna vaccine.

As of Saturday, August 14, the Philippines has already administered 27,552,770 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Some 15,092,332 Filipinos have received their first dose while 12,460,438 individuals have been fully vaccinated. (Melo M. Acuña)

Moderna vaccines arrive at NAIA Terminal 3 Sunday to boost the country's vaccine rollout. (IATF Photos)

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