Clark Airport operator offers old terminal for mass COVID-19 vaccination facility

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 22) — The old terminal of the Clark International Airport may be transformed into a mass COVID-19 vaccination facility, its operator Luzon International Premier Airport Development (Lipad) Corp. said Friday.

This as the consortium targets to make the new terminal operational by July of this year, its chief Bi Yong Chungunco said during the handover ceremony of the Clark International Airport's new passenger terminal building.

The group is composed of conglomerates JG Summit Holdings and Filinvest Development Corp. in partnership with a unit of Singapore's Changi Airport.

"While we look forward to travel, returning with a vengeance and working towards the operationalization of the new terminal. We thought long and hard, what are we going to do with the existing terminal when we move to this terminal?" Chungunco said.

"Similar to our support in bringing home our kababayans, we are committed to offer the existing terminal to be used as a mass vaccination facility," she added.

She said the old terminal, which has a floor area of 25,000 square meter, can vaccinate more than 10,000 people a day.

According to Chungunco, the move will be efficient as this will require minimum logistics requirements.

"Because what can be more perfect than having Clark International Airport as a vaccine hub and have a vaccination center right next door," the official said.

"Imagine, vaccines arriving, unloading. In five minutes, they will be in cold storage, controlled temperature. And when you need the vaccines, in five minutes, they will be in vaccination center," she said.

The government earlier said vaccines from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Sinovac are expected to arrive in the country by February 20.