First batch of Moderna vaccines arrives in PH

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Photo courtesy: Crissy Dimatulac/CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 27) — The country welcomed the first batch of Moderna vaccines on Sunday evening.

The plane carrying 249,600 doses of the US-made vaccine arrived at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 11 p.m. via Singapore Airlines Flight SQ918.

According to the National Task Force on COVID-19, 150,000 of the vaccines will be for the government, while 99,600 doses will be for the private sector.

Earlier, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said one million more are expected to arrive in July, while two million will be shipped by September.

The Philippines in March signed a tripartite agreement with the American company for 20 million doses of its vaccine — with 13 million shots secured by the government while the remaining seven million were ordered by the private sector.

More vaccine supply deals are also being finalized, according to Galvez.