The country’s vaccine roadmap is still on track despite limited access to the global supplies of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines, National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday.
Galvez said it is still possible to push the vaccine rollout this month.
“But most likely, we are still looking at the completion of requirements for the vaccine from the COVAX facility, it will be coming from them,” he said during the Palace virtual press briefing partly in Filipino.
He said delays of Covid-19 vaccination rollouts are being experienced not only by the Philippines but other countries worldwide.
“But definitely, if just in case EUA will be given to those will be donated and other procured vaccines, the rollout would be still possible this February,” Galvez said partly in Filipino.
While the management of the COVAX facility has yet to provide a definite date for vaccine arrival, Galvez assured the country is well-prepared for the vaccine deployment and other needed logistical requirements.
The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved the EUA for Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines procured under the COVAX facility, he said.
“ Right now, the only definite vaccines that we may receive, is from Sinovac firm, if its EUA will be approved,” Galvez said partly in Filipino.
He noted that the government’s series of vaccine rollout simulations is not limited to the arrival of the Pfizer vaccines.
“The various simulations that we are conducting both in the national and local levels, it covers all the different types of Covid-19 vaccines,” he said partly in Filipino.He said the national and local governments alongside the private sector are preparing for the vaccine arrival and deployment of Covid-19 vaccines. SOVEREIGNPH