The Philippine government may start this February its vaccination drive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with an expected 50,000 doses available next month from China’s Sinovac.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement on Monday, citing the Department of Health (DOH).
“Ayon sa DOH, magkakaroon na tayo ng unang 25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac, darating ito sa susunod na buwan (According to the DOH, we will have the first 25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the next month),” he said.
“Ang paunang darating po ay 50,000 doses lang ng vaccine galing sa Sinovac, pero at least, magsisimula pa rin po tayo (The first batch of vaccines that will arrive is 50,000 doses that will be from Sinovac, at least we can start),” Roque added.
Roque made the statements after Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd and Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. came under fire during a Senate hearing on Monday morning. The two officials were questioned, among others, as to why there has been apparent delays in the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines by the government.
Over the weekend, the government signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India for 30 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, bearing the brand Covovax. SOVEREIGNPH