The National Task Force against Covid-19 will prioritize the immunization of about 1 million health workers and frontliners for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) once the vaccines for the virus will start arriving next month.
“The estimated arrival of the vaccines we have initially procured will be in February. We are prioritizing to inoculate 1 million healthcare workers and frontliners,” vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said during the dry run of a vaccination facility in Taguig City’s Lakeshore Complex.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd clarified that the first week of February is the targeted date for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines.
“That is also depending on the available supply. If our order arrives in February then the vaccination will commence in the middle of the month or early March,” he added.
Galvez said they are negotiating to get 200,000 to 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer.
This, Galvez said, along with the 500,000 doses from Sinovac.
Meanwhile, he added that the negotiated price of the vaccines cannot be divulged as it might jeopardize the orders that the country has made.
“The price of the vaccines we’re buying is part of the Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA). We can also lose 148 million doses of vaccine if we break the agreement,” Galvez said.
Galvez made this clarification anew in the wake of accusations of corruption as well as pressure from legislators for the government to reveal the vaccines’ negotiated prices. SOVEREIGNPH