PRRD vows COVID-19 vaccine for all Filipinos- Galvez

DAVAO CITY- “Wala pong maiiwan, walang iwanan” eto po ang pangako ng ating mahal na Pangulo. Titiyakin po ng pamahalaan na lahat ng kababayan po natin ay mababakuhan (No one will be left behind, this is the promise of our beloved President, the government will make sure that all of our countrymen will be vaccinated).”

This was declared by National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez during the LAGING HANDA: COVID-19 VACCINE EXPLAINED online briefing held today (Jan. 6) at the Philippine Information Agency Auditorium in Quezon City.

Galvez in his report during the forum bared that President Rodrigo Duterte has strongly emphasized the national government’s goal of providing safe, effective and free vaccine for all Filpinos

“The massive nationwide vaccination program is anchored on the Philippine National Vaccine Roadmap, its goal is to achieve the full recovery of the Philippine economy and the lives of the Filipino people,” Galvez said in his speech.

The vaccine roadmap puts emphasis on safety and efficacy.

Galvez announced that the government is in advance stages of negotiations with Novavax, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac and Gamaleya.

“We hope to close the deal with these companies this month,” The NTF chief implementer said.

He said that based on current negotiations the government will be able to purchase 148 million doses for 2021 from more or less seven manufacturers.

With the portfolio of vaccines, the Philippines now has many sources of vaccines from different manufacturers, which assures the country of having an adequate number of vaccines for the planned rollout this year.

However, Galvez said these are dependent on the capability of the vaccine manufacturers to supply these COVID-19 vaccines as there is a large global demand for it due to the pandemic.

The government is planning to vaccinate around 50 million to 70 million Filipinos for 2021.

Aside from bilateral negotiations the Philippines stands to fully subsidized doses for 20% of the Philippine population or 22- million Filipinos under the Covax Facility which is a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries worldwide with equitable access to safe and effective vaccines.

Also this month, the Philippines and Colombia  are the first two countries will be participating in the World Health Organization vaccine solidarity trials, of which 15,000 people will come from the Philippines particularly Metro Manila. The trial will provide the full evaluation for the safety and efficacy of the candidate vaccines.

Roadmap

According to Galvez, in the deployment of the vaccines this year, there will be a prioritization of sectors.

These priority sectors are health care workers, vulnerable indigent senior citizens, poor communities, uniformed personnel, teacher and school workers, government workers, essential workers vulnerable and co-morbid groups, Overseas Filipino Workers, remaining work force and students.

“The whole of government and the whole-of-nation approach shall be adopted maximizing manpower, expertise and resources to ensure the coordinated and integrated implementation of the COVID-19 immunization program,” Galvez said.

Under the roadmap the Local Government Unites and private sector will play a key role in the immunization program.

LGUs will be in charge in identifying and profiling the priority sectors in their population and support the vaccine rollout while the private sector will provide technical and financial support in the procurement and deployment of the vaccine particularly the cold chain.

President Duterte has recently approved the tripartite agreement between the national government, the LGUs and the vaccine companies. (PIA/RG Alama)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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