Galvez: Gov’t assures constant vaccine supply up to 25M doses next month

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MANILA – According to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force against Covid-19 (NTF), the government has secured a steady supply of coronavirus vaccines by September.

Galvez, who is also the country’s vaccine czar, said the government has signed a purchase order for an additional 10 million doses of Sinovac vaccines to ensure stable Covid-19 vaccine supplies up to 25 million doses starting next month.

“Ang maganda po dito ay eto po mas mababa po ang presyo kaysa sa original price niya so ang nakikita natin ay medyo gumaganda po ang supply natin sa Sinovac, gumaganda po, steady (The good thing about this is that the price we got is much lower than the original price of it, so we can see that there is an improvement in the supply of Sinovac, it is steady),” he said during the pre-recorded Talk to the People of President Rodrigo Duterte Monday night.

He further said that the Pfizer vaccine manufacturer might deliver about 5 million doses, while Moderna might supply 3 to 4 million doses.

He added that the Russian vaccine manufacturer has pledged to supply the remaining 205,000 doses of Sputnik V Component II to individuals who have previously received the Component I doses.

According to Galvez, the country has received a total of 48,522,890 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Total vaccine deliveries include 27,969,530 doses procured by the government, 3,617,100 doses from combined orders of local government units (LGUs) and the private sector, while 13,297,120 doses from the COVAX facility, and 3,639,140 doses were donated from other countries.

“Makikita po natin na tumataas na po ang ating procured dahil kasi nakikita natin na nagiging stable na po yung deliveries ng ating mga vaccine (We see that our vaccine procurement has been increased as the deliveries of the jabs are becoming stable),” Galvez said.

He stated that the government intends to vaccinate 77,139,058 eligible individuals out of the country’s total population of 110,198,654 Filipinos.

As of now, the government has distributed 41,626,760 doses of Covid-19 vaccines across the country.

The Philippines has now provided 30,693,019 doses, with 17,495,300 people receiving their initial shots and 13,197,698 being fully immunized.

Galvez stated that the government has activated a total of 1,684 vaccination sites around the country, with a daily immunization rate of 444,042 shots.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.