Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

The delay in the arrival of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 from the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility is only one week, National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., assured on Friday. 

“I think the delay is only for one week,” Galvez, the country’s vaccine czar, said in a television interview.

The government was originally expecting the arrival of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines by the third week of February.

Now it all depends on the processing of documents and the availability of supplies.

“We can see Pfizer is the most in-demand all over the country and we are also looking into the availability that it will be coming from Belgium or the United States. We are seeing now that they are running out of the vaccine,” he said in Filipino.

Galvez made it clear that the government is not causing the delay.

“(The) delay is not coming from the Philippine government. We are only on the receiving end and we are finishing our documentation on time,” he said.

Galvez further assured that the government and the COVAX Facility are working out the indemnity agreement to prevent further delays.

“But the indemnification clause, we have been looking for it but it was given only this week,” he said. “Now our lawyers are trying to finish it (indemnification clause) today so that we will have no more obstruction on the delivery of the vaccines.”

National Policy Against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer and testing czar, Secretary Vince Dizon, said on Thursday there would be “slight delays” in the arrival of 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines.

“There are some documents needed before vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca arrive,” Dizon said, adding that the Department of Health, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca would be working on this with the assistance of the WHO and through the COVAX Facility. SOVEREIGNPH

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