More than 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines before the end of this week.
As a result, the first dose of vaccination is expected to continue in the coming days in some areas, which have been halted recently due to a vaccine supply shortage.
The days without new deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines will end this Thursday night with the arrival of more than 1 million doses of the vaccine made by AstraZeneca and donated by Japan.
According to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, it can be used for the first five priority groups.
“Once nakuha na namin ‘yong stock ngayong gabi, ide-deploy na po namin ‘yan bukas,” said Galvez.
More than 2 million copies of AstraZeneca will be received by the Philippines on Friday, donated by the COVAX Facility.
More than 132,000 doses of Sputnik V from Russia will also arrive on Friday night, of which 50,000 are second doses.
This will be followed by the arrival of 37,800 Sputnik V doses on Saturday.
The next batch of Sinovac vaccines is scheduled to be delivered on July 14.
3-M doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive this week
More than 3 million doses of the Janssen vaccine, donated by the United States, are also expected to arrive this July.
It is said that all regions in the Philippines will receive at least 100,000 doses of Janssen.
According to Galvez, there is no favoritism in the distribution of vaccines.
“We don’t really do favoritism,” Galvez said.
Galvez also denied allegations that the government hijacked COVID-19 vaccines for the private sector.
It is said to be unfair and far from the truth.
Of the first, nearly 250,000 Moderna doses that arrived in the country, only less than 100,000 were shared by private companies while more than half went to the national government.
According to Galvez, the first delivery of Moderna is actually part of the government’s order because it signed the supply agreement earlier.
He said they only asked the manufacturer to let the private sector take part in the first delivery.
Galvez also called for the vaccine not to be used in politics.