A batch of 753,480 Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine jabs arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday night, which brought the country’s vaccine dose total to 57,547,610.

The batch of Pfizer vaccines was part of the 40 million doses the Philippine government had procured for its Covid-19 vaccination drive.

According to the National Task Force against Covid-19, the vaccines will be deployed to Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan and Pampanga.

Of the total, 51,480 doses were shipped to Cebu and 51,480 were delivered to Davao.

Some doses will also be deployed in Metro Manila areas with low vaccine stock.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said more US-made vaccine doses were expected to arrive this month.

The doses will come from the Covax facility, which will ship more than 10 million Pfizer doses, and Moderna, which will deliver 4.71 million doses.

“We are very pleased with this good news, especially that many of our local government units, particularly those in the provinces, have started to scale up their vaccine rollout and expand their coverage to include the A4 and A5 priority groups,” Galvez said.

“These will boost our inoculation program, as we firm up the guidelines on the vaccination of the general public and prepare for the rollout for teenagers or those 12 to 17 years old as we wait for the approval of the members of our vaccine expert panel,” he added.

The Philippines has tallied 2,304,192 Covid-19 cases as of Sept. 16. John Ezekiel J. Hirro