The public demand for China-made CoronoVac vaccines produced by Sinovac company is increasing in the Philippines, National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Monday.
Galvez, also vaccine czar, said the stable delivery of Sinovac vaccines has “significantly support” the government’s expansion of its vaccination program to A4 priority category composed of economic front-liners, uniformed personnel, and government workforce.
“We want to thank China because of its steady delivery which supports our A4 opening and we are also supplying Sinovac to the emerging hotspots,” Galvez said during the regular Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang.
Sinovac’s steady supply of CoronaVac jabs, he added, is also a huge help to the vaccination in emerging Covid-19 hotspots in the country, particularly in Visayas and Mindanao.
“We have some survey that public demand for Sinovac also greatly increased,” Galvez said.
Most local government units (LGUs) are now asking for more supply of Sinovac vaccines, he added.
Galvez said the increasing demand for Sinovac jab is due to its feasible deployment logistics and cold chain storage requirement.
“We are fast-tracking this because we are racing against time,” he added.
So far, the country has received 7.5 million doses of Sinovac jabs since the delivery began on February 28. The latest delivery was 1 million doses on June 10.
Some 1.5 million doses are set to arrive on June 17, it will be followed by 1 million doses on June 24, Galvez reported.
In July, the Sinovac company will be delivering around 4.5 million doses.
Regardless of the brand, Galvez urged the public to avail shots of the Covid-19 vaccines.
Duterte also reiterated his appeal to avail of the government’s free vaccination against Covid-19.
“My countrymen, the pandemic is here,” he said. “In the face of the reality of death, If you will get vaccinated, death is certain,” he added.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said the government has allotted P85 billion for the purchase of 140 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for 70 million adult population.
“The money is there,” Dominguez said. SOVEREIGNPH