THE national government received a total of 562,770 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday night.

The vaccines purchased by the government arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 8:19 p.m. via Air Hong Kong flight LD457.

The Manila International Airport Authority's (MIAA) Media Affairs Division said that National Task Force (NTF) Secretary Carlito Galvez, NTF Communications Director Darwin Wally Wee, Health Undersecretary Carolina Vidal-Tinio, Pfizer Philippines Country Manager Edilberto Reyes, and Pfizer Vaccine Category Lead Alet Gaw welcomed the delivery of the US-made vaccines.

The vaccines, which is part of the 40 million doses procured by the government in June, were immediately brought to the PharmaServ Express cold-chain facility in Marikina for storage before these are distributed nationwide.

The Philippines is also expecting another batch of 375,570 doses of US-made Pfizer vaccines on July 26.

According to reports, Cebu and Davao will receive 51,480 doses each, while the rest of the 562,770 doses of vaccines will be distributed to Luzon.

Recently, NTF reports said that an unknown number of the Pfizer vaccines in Muntinlupa were allegedly discarded after the storage facility in Alabang encountered issues.