“We are all in this together. Nandito kami para sa inyong lahat,” United States Embassy Representative Chris Farlow said after the handover of U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to the Davao City government early this morning.
A total of 105,000 vaccines initially arrived in the city yesterday and the rest early this morning for a total of 210,000 vaccines.
“We believe this will make a big difference. These are not the first shipment of vaccines in the Philippines and won’t be the last,” Farlow said.
The Philippines has received more than five million vaccines through COVAX, a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines with the US as the largest contributor. A total of 193,050 vaccines arrived on May 10 and 2,282,850 vaccines on June 10.
The more than two million vaccine doses that arrived Thursday was the biggest shipment so far and will be allocated as follows:
“It is an honor to be here with my colleagues today in Davao City to represent the US government in this critical moment in Davao’s battle against the pandemic. I hope the vaccines donated by the US and with the help of all countries donating to COVAX will help turn the tide against this virus that is so devastating and has so devastated communities around the world,” Farlow said.
Farlow said the US is a partner in the country’s fight against COVID. He acknowledged the contribution of Overseas Filipino Workers working in the US healthcare industry especially last year when they were the center of the pandemic and considered a COVID hotspot.
“Filipino OFWs working in the healthcare sector showed up for work everyday with just masks without a vaccine when the vaccine was still in development by Pfizer—they risked their lives and health to protect all of us and we have to recognize them and all the healthcare workers around the world. By getting vaccinated you will also help them,” he said.