The vaccine supply to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 in the Philippines is expected to grow “by leaps and bounds” starting May, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance to allay concerns over delays in the delivery of vaccines to the country amid limited global supply.
Roque earlier announced that the arrival of the first batch of Russian-made “Sputnik V” Covid-19 vaccines will not push through this month due to logistical concerns.
He explained the logistical challenges rose from “being no direct flights from Russia and that vaccine requires -20 temperature.”
“Now, we don’t have enough but we expect that at the start of May, our supply will grow by leaps and bounds,” he said in a radio interview.
Roque said the country is expected to receive around 4 to 6 million vaccine doses by May.
“If I am not mistaken – I just can’t recall – but we expect to receive 4 to 6 million vaccine doses this May and come July we will get almost all of our supply,” he added.
He admitted “shortfalls” in the expected delivery of more Covid-19 vaccine doses this month, but vowed that it was only temporary.“Do not worry, April is nearly through and we really had trouble this April with shortfalls in our expected delivery; but we will do better come May,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH