National Task Force against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. has emphasized that the country’s “world-class” cold storage facilities are well prepared for the influx of different coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines that require various storage temperatures in the coming days and weeks.
“You know, all cold storage facilities that we have are compliant with world standard. We see that we are really prepared, either it’s Moderna, Sputnik or Pfizer. As for temperatures of negative 80, negative 70, negative 18, negative 30 (degrees Celsius), we have available storage,” said Galvez during a virtual press briefing on Thursday partly in Filipino.
Aside from the storage facilities under the government’s end-to-end contract with Moderna, Novovax and Pfizer, Galvez said the Department of Health (DOH) has entered into a third-party partnership with PharmaServ Express for the storage and delivery of Covid-19 vaccines from the airport to the cold-chain facility and various vaccination centers in the country.
PharmaServ Express has the capability to accept vaccines that need different storage temperature requirements, from Sinovac’s positive 2 to 8 degrees to the negative 18 degrees Celsius required by Gamaleya and even the negative 25 to negative 15 degrees Celsius temperature requirement of Covid-19 vaccine manufactured Pfizer.
“Our DOH has tapped a third-party provider that has a capability of storing at temperatures of negative 70, negative 80, negative 20, negative 18 at saka iyong (and) 2 to 8 (degrees Celsius),” said Galvez partly in Filipino.
“We are able to handle that. Don’t worry. Our supply chain is well prepared,” he added.
Galvez also noted the outstanding record of the DOH’s third-party partner in delivering coronavirus vaccines to various areas of the country safely and effectively.
“We see that we are having a good record now. We have not reported any spoilage. Some even have) additional doses because some vials have also some additional doses,” he said partly in Filipino.
Earlier, the DOH said PharmaServ Express is ready for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and US’ Pfizer after receiving almost 2 million doses of Sinovac in the past months.
Ariel Valencia, director of the DOH’s Supply Chain Management Service, said all of the vaccines that will arrive in the country would be directly brought to PharmaServ Express’ facility in San Roque, Marikina City.
In a recent television interview, Valencia was quoted as saying that PharmaServ Express can accommodate around 15 million Covid-19 vaccine doses of any type due to its state-of-the-art and most technologically advanced facility in the country.
Valencia said that even though PharmaServ’s facility is smaller than its previous logistics partner, PharmaServ’s world-class facility can meet the temperature requirement of various vaccines – from Sinovac’s positive 2 to 8 degrees to the negative 18 degrees Celsius required by Gamaleya. SOVEREIGNPH