The Philippines on Monday received nearly four million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from the US government.

The 3,999,060 doses arrived days before the country’s fourth national vaccination drive scheduled for March 10-12.

“Today’s donation of almost four million doses from the US government marks the accomplishment of President [Joe] Biden’s commitment to provide 200 million doses in 100 days,” Michelle Lang-Alli, health director of the United States Agency for International Development, said.

The country’s upcoming vaccination drive will be under the theme “March to Vaccinate.” It will prioritize the inoculation of senior citizens, children aged 5 to 11 and individuals aged 12 to 17.

The government aims to inoculate 1.8 million individuals in the three-day drive.

To date, the US has donated more than 33 million Covid-19 vaccine shots to the Philippines.

The US has also provided more than P1.9-billion worth of assistance to the country’s pandemic response efforts.

More than 64 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. John Ezekiel J. Hirro