The Philippines is assured of getting as much as 40 million doses of the vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from COVAX, the international vaccine alliance administered by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Thursday.
“We are happy that the COVAX facility for the Philippines has been approved. Perhaps we can get 3o to 40 million doses for free, for our countrymen,” Galvez said in a televised briefing in Filipino.
While no specific brand of the Covid-19 vaccine was disclosed by Galvez, he earlier said the Philippines can get under COVAX vaccines developed by US-based drug company Pfizer. The government is eyeing to start the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination drive next month.
As part of the preparations for the Covid-19 vaccine deployment, Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd and Galvez visited three cold storage facilities that can potentially be used in the first wave of Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.
The inspection was carried out to ensure that the cold chain facilities will meet the storage requirement of vaccines prior to its distribution to identified vaccination sites.
The cold chain facilities visited were the First Pioneer Distribution Center of UNILAB located in Biñan City, Laguna, the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City, and the Zuellig Pharma Corporation in Parañaque City. SOVEREIGNPH