Sourced by Arwen Pascua (PNP-AFP beat correspondent)
MANILA — All systems are in place to ensure the unhampered transport of the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines that arrived today (Sunday) and tomorrow, Monday, 01 March 2021.
The 600,000 Sinovac vaccines donated by China have already arrived in the country at around 4 p.m. Sunday with President Duterte himself on hand to personally receive the shipment from the Chinese government.
As promised, President Rodrigo Duterte personally received the donated shipment from China at the Villamor Air Base.
During the turnover and acceptance ceremony, President Duterte thanked China through Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian.
“Filipinos are very grateful to the Chinese people. These vaccines will end the pandemic in the Philippines,” President Duterte said.
On Monday, meantime, health officials also expect the arrival of more than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility.
PNP units are fully prepared to perform their assigned duties under the task organization of PNP Vaccination Plan “Caduceus” which is the strategic plan that will operationalize all security and public safety operations for the vaccine roll-out in the coming weeks and months, following the arrival of the vaccine shipments from abroad.
PNP Vaccination Plan “Caduceus” sets forth the security and public safety guidelines and procedures to be undertaken by the PNP in support of the Philippine National COVID-19 Deployment and Vaccination Plan, as a member of the Task Group (TG) Vaccine Cold Chain and Logistics Management, Task Group Immunization Program, and Task Group Demand Generation and Communication.
We have gone through a series of planning workshops and simulation exercises to ensure organized and orderly transport of the vaccine shipment to the storage facilities and distribution hubs on D-day when the vaccine roll-ou shall commence.
On a need basis, we will be guided by the instructions of national health authorities to administer the vaccine to PNP personnel whom we have identified among the priority recipients such as those assigned to frontline medical and health care duties, as well as those who will be fielded to assist DOH personnel in administering the vaccine and other police front-liners.
“We are confident that our nation will pull through, bounce back and heal as one. God bless the Philippines!” Sinas said.