THE Philippine government, through the Department of Health (DoH), over the weekend received more than 390,000 doses of bivalent Covid-19 vaccines from the Lithuanian government.
The cargo arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with DoH Assistant Secretary Leonita Gorgolon, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and officials from the Lithuanian Consulate and European Union present for the turnover ceremony.
The Health department said the donated bivalent vaccines will boost the Philippines’ campaign to control the spread of infection. Bivalent vaccines provide better protection against the original Covid-19 strain, SARS-CoV-2, and Omicron sub variants BA.4 and BA.5.
“It is with great pleasure that we have received such generous donations from the Lithuanian government and our sincerest gratitude to our partner agencies for being one with the DOH in seeing that within our reach is a bountiful future, one that is most achievable starting with ensuring that we have sufficient protection against the Covid-19 virus,” DoH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a statement.
The Health department is in constant coordination with the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access or Covax on the acquisition of additional doses of bivalent vaccines for the public.