National Task Force Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon, during a Laging Handa public briefing held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, has announced that 117,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech will arrive in the Philippines this coming April.
During the said public briefing, Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) asked Secretary Dizon for an update about the Pfizer vaccine. “May update na rin ba sa bakuna naman po from Pfizer kung kailan ito darating sa Pilipinas via COVAX Facility?” Undersecretary Ignacio asked.
That’s when Secretary Dizon has revealed the news, saying that the World Health Organization (WHO) has already committed that the 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive next month.
“Nag-commit na po ang WHO na darating po iyong 117,000 doses ng Pfizer ngayong Abril, sa susunod na buwan. Kaya malaking bagay din po ito lalung-lalo na para sa ating mga healthcare workers na priority nating matapos hanggang sa buwan ng Abril at Mayo.”
– Secretary Vince Dizon, National Task Force Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer
Dizon added that the arrival of Pfizer in April will still reach the vaccination program for healthcare workers. “Kung darating po ito ng Abril, base sa pangako ng WHO, aabot po ito para sa ating mga healthcare workers,” he said.
According to Dizon, 3.4 million doses are needed to complete the vaccination of health workers in the country. “Ngayon po kasi 1.1 million ang ating doses sa bansa, 3.4 million po ang kailangan natin para sa ating mga health workers,” he explained.
Watch the Public Briefing with Sec. Dizon
Here is the Laging Handa Public Briefing with Secretary Vince Dizon. It was streamed live at the PTV official YouTube channel on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Watch the video from the beginning or start at 17:38 of the video for further details on Pfizer vaccine’s reported arrival in the Philippines.