Another 1 million doses airlifted to Manila; close to 52,000 flown to five provinces
The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) carried another batch of 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Beijing to Manila yesterday, June 6, 2021. This the fourth shipment picked up by CEB, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH).
These vaccines were safely flown in temperature-controlled containers, aboard CEB’s chartered A330 flight 5J 671, and arrived at the NAIA at 7:35 AM.
“We remain optimistic that the continuous airlifting of these life-saving vaccines will pave the way in inoculating a sizeable amount of the population. We appreciate the support of Cebu Pacific and other Philippine carriers in this mission of distributing COVID 19 vaccine supplies even to the far regions of the archipelago,” said vaccine czar, Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19.
Upon arrival in Manila, all vaccines were inspected by authorities prior to transfer to cold storage vans and facilities.
“We remain grateful for the opportunity to support the government’s vaccination program,” Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific. “We are keen to transport the vaccines, whether internationally or domestically, so that our national vaccination campaign meets its targets.”
Over the week, CEB also transported a total of 51,800 Covid-19 vaccine doses to five provinces, namely, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Zamboanga, and Tuguegarao.
To date, CEB has already transported 3.5 million vaccine doses from China to Manila, and more than 1.1 million doses to various parts of the Philippines since March this year.
CEB operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 32 destinations, on top of its six (6) international destinations. Its 75-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes two (2) dedicated ATR freighters and one (1) A330 freighter.