The government is working hard to ensure that the country can secure almost 14 million vaccine doses from four vaccine manufacturers within the second quarter, said vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).
“The global supply is limited but the government is doing its best to ensure that the country will have a fair share of the vaccines. The instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte is for Filipinos to be vaccinated and save more lives as we collectively surmount the challenges brought about by the pandemic,” Galvez said.
In response, Duterte lauded the government’s vaccination rollout, saying it is “more than an acceptable performance in the matter of the fight against Covid as far as the Philippines is concerned.”
“We have a good record despite unfounded criticism…The Philippines was able to get the upper berth of the countries that are inoculated. That’s a good record and to think people were almost in a quandary where to get the next vaccination,” the President said.
In his report to Duterte on Monday, Galvez said the delivery of 1.5 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac is expected to be completed within April.
The government is expecting another 500,000 doses to be delivered on April 22, and another 500,000 doses on April 29.
Sinovac had shipped out 500,000 doses last April 11. These are on top of the 2 million doses that the Chinese vaccine maker had delivered to the country last February and March.
An initial 20,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V are also expected to arrive this week. The second tranche of 480,000 doses will be delivered before the end of April.
Galvez said the government is also expecting the shipment of 195,000 Pfizer vaccine doses by the end of April or early May.
He said there is also a possibility that AstraZeneca vaccines coming from the COVAX Facility will also arrive within the month.
For May, Galvez said the government expects at least 2 million doses of Sinovac vaccines to be delivered to the country, along with 1 to 2 million Sputnik V doses, and 194,000 Moderna doses.
He said the government is also working with the World Health Organization, GAVI, and UNICEF for the possible delivery of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines under the COVAX Facility.
Galvez said the government expects to receive 7 to 8 million vaccine doses in June. These include 4.5 million doses of CoronaVac, 2 million doses of Sputnik V, and 1.3 million doses of AstraZeneca.
As of April 18, a total of 1.478 million doses have been administered in the country. Currently, only medical front-liners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities are being inoculated. SOVEREIGNPH