The Philippines received three million doses of the US-made Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the arrival of the 3,000,060 doses at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
Duterte thanked the US government and the Covax facility for the jabs.
“It is with joy and high hopes that we welcome today the arrival of more than three million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccines from the United States of America,” Duterte said.
“I wish to thank the United States for the generosity in sharing various Covid-19 assistance to the Philippines. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Covax facility for the continuous donation of these vaccines,” he added.
The jabs were donated by the US through the Covax facility.
Duterte said the country would prioritize the poor in the distribution of the Moderna shots.
“I know that it is the sentiment of America that the vaccines that should be given to the Philippines should go first to those who have least in life, ‘yung mga mahirap, the poor ones
who cannot afford. And for those, well, who do not want to be vaccinated, we will try to entice them with the vaccines given by the US,” he said.
The country now has more than 37 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. John Ezekiel J. Hirro