U.S. Embassy officials join Philippine government officials in welcoming the U.S. government’s delivery of 188,370 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the Philippines. (Photo from U.S. Embassy in the Philippines)

The United States sent an additional 188,370 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines on September 2 as part of its global commitment to help eradicate COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in a statement Friday, said the shipment was sent directly from the United States to the Philippines through the COVID-19 Vaccinations Worldwide Access (COVAX) facility, which is a global effort to promote equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

This is the third bilateral vaccine transfer from the United States to the Philippines, after the delivery of 3.2 million Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccines in July and 3 million Moderna vaccine doses in August.

USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Michelle Lang-Alli joined Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor, head of the National Task Force Against COVID-19’s sub-task group on current operations, and other stakeholders at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to welcome the arrival of the new batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines on the evening of September 2.

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In total, the Philippines has now received more than 13.4 million vaccine doses through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), a global initiative run by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States is the largest monetary contributor to Gavi, having already provided nearly Php200 billion ($4 billion) to the Alliance. 

The United States has worked closely with Philippine stakeholders throughout the pandemic to protect public health and support the local response to COVID-19.  To date, total U.S. government COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines amounts to over P1.38 billion ($27.5 million).

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