PH gets nearly 1 million more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

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A fresh shipment of nearly one million doses of US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country Wednesday evening. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 27) — A fresh shipment of nearly one million doses of US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country Wednesday evening.

The plane carrying 976,950 doses procured by the national government landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

With the arrival of these shots, the country has now received nearly 100 million vaccines since February, with the running total at 98,655,290.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. - who was at NAIA to welcome the vaccine shipment - told reporters that majority of the newly arrived doses will be used for the vaccination of minors.

Earlier, Galvez announced that the nationwide rollout of vaccines for those aged 12 to 17 will begin on November 3. He added that 162 hospitals will participate in this effort.

The government is currently on the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program for minors with existing ailments in Metro Manila, after it launched its pilot run in select hospitals on October 15.