The government has increased the herd immunity target for Covid-19 immunization to 90 percent of the population from the original 70 percent.
Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the upward adjustment was made as the current efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines has waned with the emergence and spread of the Delta strain.
She also expressed confident of achieving the 90-percent herd immunity target as the country is already assured of 190 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines until the end of the year.
National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. also assured earlier that the government is readying all necessary steps for the second wave of Covid-19 vaccine procurement, said
In a statement, Galvez said the government’s move to order more “second generation” vaccines that could serve as an added protection for people against emerging coronavirus variants.
“We are done with our first wave of procurement, which is our supply for this year. We have already an assured supply of 187.6 million doses from various sources, thus, aside from assuring the early deliveries of these vaccines, we are now preparing to purchase those that are included in the second generation of vaccines,” Galvez said in Filipino.
He added they are already discussing the allocation of funds for the measure while waiting for the recommendations of the vaccine experts panel (VEP).
Galvez bared that the government has initially earmarked $45 million (around P2.2 billion) for the second wave of vaccine procurement.