The Manila city government is ready to roll out its vaccination drive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) after acquiring its own cold storage facilities and vaccines, which will support the national government’s immunization drive against the virus.
“Manila will acquire its own vaccines to supplement the effort of the national government,” Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso said during a visit conducted by the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team to the city on Friday.
In addition to procuring its own vaccines, the city government has procured 50 transport coolers and conducted simulation activities as it gears up for the start of the inoculation program next month.
The CODE Team visits are part of the national government’s efforts to help local government units across the country get ready for the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines, which include the preparation of local vaccine implementation plans and master lists of residents to be inoculated.
“Gusto po namin na bumalik na sa trabaho ang mga tao nang panatag, sumakay na sila ulit ng public transport nang komportable, magbukas ulit ang mga negosyo, at magtaguyod na in full capacity ng kanilang mga hanap-buhay (We want the people to go back to their work without fear, for them to ride in public transport comfortably, open businesses and for establishments to operate at full capacity),” Domagoso said.
Manila is among the 39 local government units (LGUs) that signed a tripartite agreement with the national government and British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on January 12 for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines.
Under the agreement, a total of 17 million vaccine doses will be provided by the pharmaceutical company to LGUs and private sector.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already issued an emergency utilization authority (EUA) to AstraZeneca and Pfizer. SOVEREIGNPH