Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

To prevent wastage, the government is taking steps to accept only Covid-19 vaccine donations that are far from expiring.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting Presidential spokesperson, said the government has already set parameters and guidelines when it comes to accepting donations.

Citing National Task Force chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Nograles said the government is coordinating with manufacturers regarding expiration dates.

“Another thing Sec. Charlie said is they are coordinating with donors to donate vaccines that are not close to expiring,” he said in a radio interview on Sunday in Filipino.

“Though we are thankful to those who donate, the reality on the ground also is we do not want to have too much supplies that are close to expiring. That will add pressure on us,” he added in Filipino.

The shelf lives of Covid-19 vaccines may be extended but Nograles noted that it is not possible for all brands.

“Secretary Charlie Galvez and members of the vaccine cluster have said that there are some expired vaccines that can still be used. And we have documents giving us permission to still use them,” he said in Filipino.

He ensured though that Covid-19 vaccines are used up before they expire.

“We are doing everything to ensure that we follow a first in, first out scheme so that they’re used up before the expiration date. Of course, we’re very mindful using up those with closer expiration dates,” he added in Filipino.

As of December 2, a total of 37.353 million Filipinos have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations while 432,901 booster or additional doses have been administered.

The Philippines aims to inoculate at least 54 million Filipinos by the end of December this year to achieve population protection

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