The government is expecting a total inventory of 21.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of June, which will be enough to cover a segment of the population on the government’s priority list, the country’s vaccine czar said on Thursday.
Reporting to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that vaccine negotiations are going smoothly, adding that the country expects full procurement of around 158 million doses and 44 million from the global COVAX program.
“Total po na ano natin dati ang ating computation is only 148 dahil nakuha natin mababa ‘yong presyo. Ngayon po makukuha po natin na ‘yong 202 million doses. Ito po ang mabibili po natin at ibibigay po sa atin ng COVAX,” Galvez told the President.
Negotiations with Sinovac and AstraZeneca are also good and the vaccines ordered by the local government units (LGUs) will be arriving soon, he noted.
Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute will deliver 1.3 million doses this month, while a shipment of 250,000 doses from America’s Moderna will be coming this June.
Galvez also said that there will be a signing between the government and Pfizer on the head of terms for the supply of 40 million vaccine doses.
“And then ‘yong Novavax, bukas po ipa-finalize po namin ang agreement kasi gusto po ng LGU at saka po ng private sector na makihati po sa 30 million. So paghahatian po namin kung ilan po ‘yong para sa atin at saka para po sa national government,” he reported.
“And then ‘yong Johnson & Johnson, iyon lang po ang inaano po namin at magkakaroon na rin po kami ng at least final na sa mga agreement natin,” Galvez noted, adding Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine performance is good and that it is now used by millions globally.
The vaccine czar also reported that aside from the 15,000 doses of Sputnik vaccine that arrived on May 12, another 300,000 doses will be delivered next week.
Galvez, who is also the chief implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, said the country would get additional doses of Pfizer vaccines from COVAX.
He said that instead of just 1.2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines, the country will be given 2.2 million for the month of May.
“Kaya tuwang-tuwa po tayo dahil kasi nadagdagan po tayo ng 1.2 ngayong month. And then sa coming June, mayroon po tayong darating na almost two million po na AstraZeneca. Ito po ‘yong pang-second dose doon sa nauna po na 2 million ng COVAX,” he said.
The bulk order will be 4.5 million doses including 500,000 doses being procured by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Inc. (FFCCCII). These also include 250,000 doses from Moderna, 1.3 million from AstraZeneca, and two million doses from Gamaleya.
“For a total po na makukuha po natin sa May is 7 million. Dito po sa June is 10 million,” Galvez said. PND