Galvez: 20M COVID-19 Vaccine Doses May Arrive In PH In Q2 Of 2021

20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses may arrive in the Philippines in Q2 of 2021, according to Galvez.

Vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday said that 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses may arrive in the Philippines in the 2nd quarter of 2021.

Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr
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In a pre-recorded briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the Philippines may get over 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in the second quarter — April, May, or June — of 2021.

Although Galvez didn’t detail the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for each brand, he said that these 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses would come from Sinovac BioTech, COVAX facility, AstraZeneca, and Novovax.

The 2.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses of AstraZeneca ordered by the private sector, according to Galvez, might arrive in May or June 2021.

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The private sector and the Philippine government signed an agreement to buy those COVID-19 vaccine doses with AstraZeneca in November 2020.

By the second quarter of 2021, the Philippine government was eyeing to vaccinate economic frontliners.

Meanwhile, Galvez said that the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Gamaleya Research Institute’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines may come out in one to two weeks.

So far, only Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, and Sinovac Biotech had approved emergency use authorizations in the country.

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