No vaccine supply problem for next president – Galvez

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the next president would not have to worry about COVID-19 vaccines. The government secured enough supplies even after President Rodrigo Duterte ended his term on June 30, 2022.

During President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People, Galvez reported that the Philippines would get 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next year.

“Nakumpleto na po ang ating up to the middle the year of 2022. Ibig sabihin ang procurement and other donations, ‘yung incoming president po wala na pong problema sa vaccines kasi yung ating ginagamit na vaccine, yung nagdedeliver ngayon para po next year na po yon,” Galvez said.

“Kasi 158 (million) po yun, 108 (million) lang kailangan natin for this year, yung idedeliver natin dun more or less 78 million, ito po malalaman na po natin for next year,” he added.

“Makikita na planstado na po ang ating procurement and other deployment to 2022 year of administration,” he also said.

Galvez noted most of the COVID-19 vaccines would expire in 2023.

“More or less 200 million po ang darating ngayong year. Malaki ang stockpile na kayang i-hold,” Galvez said.

“Karamihan na darating na especially sa J&J, nagpapasalamat po kami sa COVAX at ang kanyang expiry date is 2023 pa. Meaning yung ating request yung mas higher ang expiry date, naibigay po satin,” he added.

For this week alone, Galvez said 24,473,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive:

  • J&J – 9,316,800 doses
  • Pfizer – 4,984,200 doses
  • Moderna – 5,208,900

No supply problem for next president – Galvez

  • Sinovac – 2,000,000
  • AstraZeneca – 2,963,900

Meanwhile, Galvez also said over 7 million minors aged 12 to 17 were given the first dose while 2.1 million were already fully vaccinated.

He added in Metro Manila, 102% of its population is already fully vaccinated against the disease.

“Nakita natin, nabreak natin ang hesitancy. At the same time, 111% ang first dose. Meaning pati mga bata, nakukuha na niya po at kuha na niya po ang mga niya,” Galvez said.

“We might decide because of steady supply, before the end of the year, we might expand the boostering to the general population,” said Galvez.

As of December 13, 53.20% of the country’s adult population, or 41 million Filipinos, are already fully vaccinated.

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