The Philippines is nearing the 4-million mark in administering vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“I am very confident that with the current pace that we have, we can breach the 4-million mark by early next week,” said National Task Force against Covid-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
As of May 20, a total of 3.718 million doses have been administered nationwide to priority groups A1 (healthcare workers), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (persons with comorbidities).
Early this month, Galvez said the government is eyeing to administer at least 2 million shots in May following the steady arrival of Covid-19 vaccines.
This target is twice the total number of shots administered in March and April.
“We are now moving past the crawl stage as we begin to walk. However, this is not yet enough as our main goal is to run, where we will be able to administer at least half a million doses or more daily. And I am certain that if we keep this momentum, along with the continuous delivery of vaccines to throughout the country, we can make this happen,” said Galvez.
“The pace of the ongoing vaccination we are witnessing right now is unprecedented. We are happy to see that all sectors of society are working together to achieve our common goal of herd immunity by the end of November. The national government, local governments, and the private sector are one in ensuring that we are able to build back a better Philippines. By June, we will expect to have higher outputs when we all join hands in accelerating the vaccination and open our target population from the economic and government frontliners (A4) and indigent/poor communities (A5),” he added.
On Thursday, May 19, another 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines arrived, bringing the country’s total vaccine supply inventory to 8.279 million since the first vaccine delivery was made in February this year.
According to the vaccine czar, bulk shipments from the COVAX facility and Sputnik V are expected to arrive at the end of this month and this coming June comprising 2.2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and 300,000 doses of Sputnik V.
A total of 10,050,000 doses from different manufacturers are due to arrive, including the supply committed by COVAX before the second quarter ends. SOVEREIGNPH