Cebu Pacific airlifts 1.5 million COVID vaccines from China

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CEB personnel unloading cargo from the Airbus A320 aircraft

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, safely delivers today, May 7, 2021, the single largest vaccine shipment to the country yet, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH). A total of 1.5 million doses from Beijing arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via 5J 671 at 8:13AM earlier.

CEB is in full support of the nation’s vaccination program. It helps ensure these life-saving COVID-19 vaccines are flown safely to the Philippines and distributed across the rest of the archipelago.

“This large shipment of COVID vaccines with Cebu Pacific brings us closer to our goal of protecting every Filipino as fast as possible,” said Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force against COVID-19. “We are grateful to Cebu Pacific for joining forces with the government to support us in ensuring the success of this vaccine roll-out.”

“We are thankful for the continued trust of the Philippine government and the DOH, and restate our intention to support our country’s fight against COVID-19 in any way we can. We look forward to picking up more vaccines from across the globe and aid in distributing across our widest domestic network,” Alexander Lao, Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer.

Upon unloading from CEB’s A330 aircraft, all vaccines were thoroughly inspected by the authorities prior to uplifting to refrigerated trucks via electric forklifts.

On May 4, Cebu Pacific has transported 6,200 COVID-19 vaccines from Manila to Puerto Princesa. In addition, apart from Palawan, the carrier has delivered more than half a million doses of vaccines to six other cities in the country, namely Bacolod, Cotabato, Legazpi, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga.

Following last week’s shipment of 500,000 Sinovac vaccines from Beijing to Manila, CEB has already transported more than 2.5 million COVID-19 doses since March 2021.

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