The Philippines will receive 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines in April, National Task Force Against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said on Wednesday.

The vaccines will come from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Covax facility.

“Nag-commit na po ang WHO na darating po iyong 117,000 doses ng Pfizer ngayong Abril, sa susunod na buwan,” Dizon said in a Laging Handa briefing.

“Kaya malaking bagay din po ito lalung-lalo na para sa ating mga healthcare workers na priority nating matapos hanggang sa buwan ng Abril at Mayo,” he added.

The country has received at least 1.12 million doses of donated Covid-19 vaccines so far by manufacturers Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

Dizon said the Pfizer batch would help the country inoculate more healthcare workers.

“[Nasa] 3.4 million po ang kailangan natin para sa ating mga health workers… aabot po ito para sa ating mga healthcare workers.”

The country aims to inoculate up to 70 million Filipinos this year to achieve herd immunity. John Ezekiel J. Hirro