MANILA — The Bureau of Customs-NAIA (BOC-NAIA) cleared another batch of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, with 1,124,100 doses, aboard All Nippon airlines on July 08, 2021.
The vaccine donation from the Government of Japan, consigned to the Department of Health (DOH), arrived via Flight No. NH819 at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at around 9:00 pm and was pre-cleared on July 07 at the COVID-19 One-Stop-Shop of BOC-NAIA.
The arrival was witnessed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with officials from the Embassy of Japan to the Philippines, National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
It can be recalled that AstraZeneca was the second COVID-19 vaccine imported into the country, following the first COVID-19 vaccine arrival in the Philippines last February 28, 2021.
Currently, this is the 4th batch of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines since its third tranche last May 08, 2021, and the 26th batch of Covid-19 vaccines cleared by the Bureau of Customs.
For the first half of 2021, the Bureau of Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, has cleared 12 million doses of Sinovac, 2.556 million doses of AstraZeneca, 2,478,060 doses of Pfizer, 249,600 doses of Moderna, and 180,000 doses of Sputnik V.
As the year enters beyond its halfway mark, the arrival of the fourth batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine tallies a total of 3,680,100 doses of cleared AstraZeneca vaccine.
With the continuous arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, Bureau of Customs-NAIA headed by District Collector Carmelita Talusan, relentlessly works around the clock to facilitate the immediate release of COVID-19 vaccines and other essentials necessary in furtherance of the nation’s fight against the current health crisis.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/AI/MTVN)