U.S.-donated Moderna vaccines arrive
President Duterte cites strong and friendship with the United States for 3 million doses of Moderna vaccines
MANILA – At least three million doses of Moderna vaccines arrived this afternoon at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the short program, said he is thankful to the United States for its generosity in sharing different COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines.
“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the COVAX facility for the continuous donation of these vaccines. We look forward to the delivery of even more life-saving vaccines in the country very soon,” President Duterte said.
He expressed his appreciation for the key medical supplies and equipment and institutional support from the United States.
“Indeed, the cooperation between the Philippines and the US in overcoming the pandemic highlights the strong and deep friendship between our two countries,” he added.
The United States of America has donated 3.2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson and 3 million doses of Moderna vaccines.
President Duterte was accompanied by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez, US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law and WHO Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe among others. (Melo M. Acuña)
President Rodrigo Duterte (center) holds a vial of Moderna vaccine. With him in the photo are US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John Law (second from left) and Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III (right). (PCOO Photo)