No confirmed date of COVID-19 vaccine arrival in the Philippines, according to DOH.
The Department of Health said that the DOH still didn’t have a confirmed date for the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines and when vaccinations may start.
During a virtual briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the COVAX Facility initially told the DOH by the 2nd or 3rd of February and February 15 was an indicative date.
The COVAX Facility was a global initiative that aimed for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.
According to Vergeire, the Department of Health still didn’t have the confirmed dates as to when were they going to begin.
“Wala pa tayong confirmed dates as to when are we going to start. Definitely ‘pag dumating ‘yung bakuna after 2 to 3 days we will start the deployment already. We will start the vaccination already makatapos dumating dito,” Vergeire said.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that the Philippines would get some 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses under the COVAX Facility in the first quarter of 2021 — including 117,000 doses of the Pfizer jabs.
The Philippine government had been preparing for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in order to ensure that they’re kept in proper temperature levels and in good quality while being transported to different storage facilities.