- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has cleared and released one million doses of vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech through the agency’s advance clearance process
- The vaccines arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 29, but were customs cleared as early as March 26 using BOC’s One Stop Shop Advance Clearance Procedure
- The one million doses are the first batch of 25 million doses of government-procured vaccine from Sinovac
- To date, BOC-NAIA has already processed, cleared and released over 2.5 million doses of vaccine
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has cleared and released one million doses of vaccine from Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech Ltd. through its advance clearance process.
The vaccines arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on March 29 but had been customs cleared as early as March 26 through BOC’s One Stop Shop Advance Clearance Procedure, BOC said in a statement.
The one million doses are the first batch of 25 million doses procured by the government from Sinovac.
BOC said it is also the fifth batch of COVID-19 vaccines to arrive and be processed by the collection district of NAIA, which to date has already processed, cleared and released over 2.5 million doses of vaccine.
BOC also escorted the vaccines for safe delivery and discharge to the Metropac Cold Storage Facility in Marikina City pending their nationwide distribution.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said the succeeding deliveries of Sinovac vaccines will be arriving monthly.
Around 1.5 to 2 million doses will be delivered by April, another 2 million doses by May, another 4.5 million doses by June, and 3 million doses by July.
Galvez said these monthly deliveries will continue in the third and fourth quarters of the year until the manufacturer has shipped all 25 million Sinovac doses to the country.
The procurement of Sinovac vaccines is being done through a monthly purchase order handled by the Department of Health using its appropriated funds for 2021.
The delivery of other government-procured vaccines will begin in April.
Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said BOC will continue to prepare for the expected influx of COVID-19 vaccines and ensure their swift processing, clearance and release.
BOC-NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan added that their collection district will also make sure personal protective equipment and medical supplies needed to combat COVID-19 are immediately released.