This brings the total number of donated Covid-19 vaccines by the American people to over 29 million, she said.
Variava noted that even as parts of the Philippines begin to shift to Alert level 1 starting March 1, and the number of Covid-19 cases is decreasing, the pandemic is still something that should be given focus as people head to the “new normal”.
Also at the arrival of the vaccine doses was Undersecretary Isidro Purisima of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Security.
He said it has been a year since the government started its vaccination program, and also thanked the support of international partners such as the United States and the Covax facility.
Purisima once again urged the public to get inoculated.
“I’m encouraging our people, especially the vulnerable sector, to get vaccinated (against Covid-19). Get their boosters, so we could reopen our economy,” he said.
At least 80 percent of seniors should be inoculated by the local government before their area can be put under Alert Level 1 status.