Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
August 3, 2021
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the Philippine Government in witnessing the arrival of 3,000,060 doses of Moderna vaccines donated by the United States of America as shipment arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
The President, accompanied by officials from the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), and the Embassy of the United States of America to the Philippines, viewed and inspected vaccine crates in a ceremonial turnover.
The latest donation was the second shipment of vaccines from the U.S. this year. Last month, the Philippines received more than three (3) million Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the American government.
In his remarks, President Duterte conveyed his warmest gratitude to the U.S. government for the generosity and assistance it has been giving to the country. He affirmed that cooperation between the Philippines and the United States in overcoming the pandemic is a strong testament of the two nations’ deep friendship.
“We are equally grateful for the donations of key medical supplies and equipment and the provision of institutional support to our COVID-19 response. All of these have helped, and definitely will continue to help, the Filipino people,” the Chief Executive said.
In a press release by the Embassy of the U.S.A. to the Philippines, the latest donation formed part of the PhP1.38 billion assistance of the U.S. government to the country since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More vaccine supplies are expected to arrive in the country this week from different manufacturers. Meanwhile, more than 20 million Filipinos have been inoculated as of the latest.
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