COVID-19 vaccines rollout in PH may begin by March or April next year

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday announced that as early as March or April 2021, the government may begin giving out COVID-19 vaccines to Filipinos.

“We’ve done some scenario analysis under the leadership of Sec. Galvez and I think the best case scenario would be about the end of the first quarter of 2021 or about the start of second quarter of next year,” he said.

The distribution would depend on the requirement of each vaccine that will be rolled out, according to the health chief.

“We need to enhance the capacity because there has never been in the history (a time when we had to vaccinate) a huge number of people, at 60 to 70 million people. It will take time to do it,” he added.

Authorities have set a target to vaccinate about 50 to 60 percent of the country’s population to achieve herd immunity from COVID-19.

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