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Cebu Pacific carries new batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China

FOURTH batch of vaccines brings total transported doses to 3.5 million.

CEBU Pacific on Sunday transported a million coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines to Manila from China.

The airline transported this fourth batch of vaccines in partnership with the Department of Health to reach a total of 3.5 million doses sent to Manila from China and another 1.1 million doses to various part of the Philippines.

The vaccines were inspected by authorities on arrival on Sunday morning before being transferred to cold storage vans and facilities.

Cebu Pacific, operated by Cebu Air, Inc., also recently carried 51,800 vaccine doses to Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Zamboanga, and Tuguegarao.

“We are keen to transport the vaccines, whether internationally or domestically, so that our national vaccination campaign meets its targets,” Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer Alex Reyes said.

With the new shipment, the country has received around 6.5 million doses of the vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

Airlines are eyeing simpler travel guidelines for vaccinated individuals to speed up the recovery of sectors affected by the pandemic. Cebu Pacific last month said that travel requirements should be standardized to ease domestic travel. — Jenina P. Ibañez