The Philippines has administered a total of 31,433,450 COVID vaccines doses as of August 2021, which is enough to inoculate 15% of the population.
This feat is due, in large part to joint efforts by the national government, local governments, and private industry players like Cebu Pacific, which has flown home 16.5M doses to date, on top of over 10.5 million doses across the Philippines.
CEB has reached this milestone in just six months, from March to mid-September.
“We know how integral these vaccines are in safeguarding the health of Filipinos during the pandemic. That is why we are honored to assist the government in ensuring the safe delivery of these life-saving vaccines, and we look forward to carrying more across our widest domestic network” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer.
Besides being one of the first local airlines to bring in vaccines and transport them nationwide, Cebu Pacific is also the only airline to date that transports vaccines as hand carry, enabling even the smaller shipments to be carried safely and released faster to key local cities such as Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dumaguete, General Santos City, and Puerto Princesa.
All these are in line with its commitment to be a key partner in the country’s nation-building efforts. Earlier this year, Cebu Pacific joined Ingat Angat as the latter’s official airline partner to help jumpstart the economy.
Apart from this, the Philippines’ leading airline also takes pride in its own employee vaccination program through the Gokongwei Group, the COVID Protect. To date, it has already vaccinated 95% of its flying crew, and is on track to completing employee inoculation by October this year.