The government is optimistic the country will receive more than 1 million doses of the vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by February, National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said.
“We expect the first batch of vaccine deliveries to arrive by next month. We are negotiating na mayroong darating na [that there are vaccines arriving] more or less, 200 to 500 AstraZeneca for our health workers, Pfizer sa Covax and also 500,000 for Sinovac,” Galvez said in his speech during Taguig City’s dry run for its Covid-19 vaccination drive.
He said the Department of Health – Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) has already procured ultra-cold chain refrigerators that can store about one million vaccines with a temperature requirement of up to -70°C.
In preparation for the deployment of the vaccines, Galvez said they have inspected possible cold chain storage facilities nationwide.
The government has partnered with local pharmaceutical firms for scaling up cold chain storage facilities.
Meanwhile, he cited the importance of an information drive to counter the misinformation posed by the “anti-vaxxers” on social media.
Anti-vaxxers refer to people who disagree with the use of vaccines for a variety of reasons.“Ito po ang medyo may problema po tayo na talagang dapat po pagtulungan po natin. Alam po namin na malaki po ang maitutulong ng ating Mayor, Presidente, Mr. President, kasi po talagang bumababa po ‘yung willingness at saka ‘yung uptake ng ating mga kababayan dahil nga po sa mga tinatawag nating mga nakikitang mga adverse effect ng certain brands (This is a problem that we need to address together. We know that the President will be of great help because the willingness of our countrymen to get the vaccine is decreasing due to the adverse effects of certain brands),” Galvez said. SOVEREIGNPH