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Help on its way; airlines stage more vaccine flight missions

Sep 9, 2021, 5:28 AM
Benjamin Lim

Benjamin Lim

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These all-cargo flights will bring PAL's international vaccine carriage to 18.4 million using its wide-body Airbus A330s for these deliveries.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) vaccine transport continues as it gears up for more jabs, with vaccine flight missions slated from Beijing to Manila on September 10 and 13.

The September 10 and 13 Beijing-Manila missions will airlift three million and two million Sinovac doses, respectively.

The flag carrier said the Sinovac doses are government-procured vaccines.

"These all-cargo flights will bring PAL's international vaccine carriage to 18.4 million.

Our wide-body Airbus A330s will be utilized for these deliveries," PAL said in a statement, adding, "we continue to do our part in bringing much-needed vaccines into the country so these may reach those who need it most."

PAL, which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York, has assured costumers it would continue regular passenger and cargo operations – including ferrying medical supplies and Covid-19 vaccines – as it embarks into a restructuring strategy. (See also: PAL hits turbulence; files for bankruptcy )

Meanwhile, Marikina City assured the continuous flow of electricity to the main-cold facility used to store Covid-19 vaccines and vaccination sites within its franchise area.

The city said that PharmaServ Express' cold-chain facility has backup generators that can provide sufficient electricity to keep the required temperatures for vaccines amid reports of power outages and damaged power lines due to the onslaught of tropical storm Jolina that could affect the operation of PharmaServ Express facility.

On Wednesday, the Philippine government received three million doses of Sinovac jabs which brought the total number of doses delivered to the country to more than 55 million.

The said vaccines were part of the 25 million doses of Covid-19 that are expected to arrive this month as earlier announced by the National Task Force Against Covid-19.

Tags: #Covid19, #Covid19vaccine, #vaccinedeliveries, #PhilippineAirlines


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