The government is eyeing to roll out the vaccination for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as early as March 2021, National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Wednesday night.
“As we see sir, the earliest [roll out] would be March. We are negotiating with the ambassador of China,” Galvez told President Rodrigo Duterte in a public briefing in Filipino.
Galvez said the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac and Russia’s Gamaleya will be the first companies to deliver a bulk of government-procured Covid-19 vaccines in the first quarter of 2021.
“If we look at it, our projection for the potential roll-out, if we will have successful [negotiations] with Sinovac and Gamaleya because they initially target [to deliver] in the first quarter,” Galvez added in Filipino.
The government, he said, will be getting 60 million doses from Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, J&J, Gamaleya and Novavax.
“That will be available by 2021 because it will be procured by tranches, once we get the contracts, they will prepare the manufacturing. It will take three to six months to manufactue,” Galvez said in Filipino.
The mini roll-out of the vaccination will be done by the first quarter of 2021, he said.
He added the bulk of vaccines are expected to arrive by May, June, and July. SOVEREIGNPH