The Philippines will have a “steady supply” of Covid-19 vaccines in the next six months as the national government has secured 164 million doses through procurement while sourcing additional shots from the COVAX Facility and bilateral donations.
This was the assurance given by National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chairperson, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., during the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum participated by member-agencies of the Security, Justice, and Peace Cluster on Wednesday.
“We are now awaiting the delivery of 136.1 million additional doses. On track in our vaccination program implementation, we are looking forward to having a better Christmas this year,” Lorenzana said.
As of July 21, a total of 28,485,130 doses have been delivered out of the 164 million doses secured by the country.
Out of these deliveries, over 16 million were procured by the national government, 2.2 million were purchased by the private sector and local government units (LGUs), 10.2 million doses were COVAX-donated, and 2.1 million doses came from bilateral donations.
The 164 million doses are composed of 26 million government-procured Sinovac doses, 40 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses, 13 million Moderna doses, and 10 million Sputnik V doses.
Meantime, the private sector and LGUs have procured seven million doses of Moderna and 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.
Around two million doses will come from bilateral donations, while 44 million doses have been committed by the COVAX Facility.
In addition, the Philippine government and COVAX have agreed on a cost-sharing agreement for the procurement of five million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We see good figures of supply and delivery. We can say we are on track. Primary factor is that we have a steady supply,” Galvez said partly in Filipino.
“Second, the LGUs’ capacity of administering 500,000 to 700,000 daily. Despite some delays on the deliveries, we were able to breach almost 400,000 [jabs] in a day,” he added.
As of July 20, the country has administered 15,616,562 doses of Covid-19 vaccines nationwide. Around 10.5 million doses were administered as the first dose, while more than five million individuals have been fully vaccinated.