COVAX Facility was expected to deliver Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses in May, according to Galvez.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr said that COVAX Facility was expected to deliver Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses in May.
In a Cabinet briefing presided by President Rodrigo Duterte, Galvez said that the COVAX Facility was expected to deliver millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses by British company AstraZeneca and US firm Pfizer in May.
“Maganda po ang volumes this coming May dahil may positive na nangyari na yung COVAX baka makapagdeliver ng Pfizer at Astrazeneca. ‘Yung second dose wala na po tayong problema. May makukuha tayong more or less na two million AstraZeneca,” Galvez said.
Also, Galvez said that he expected the national government to receive 1.3 million vaccine doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in May as well.
So far, the Philippines had administered 2,065,245 COVID-19 vaccine doses as of May 4, 2021. More than 1.7 million Filipinos were vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
In addition, Galvez said that an initial rollout of 193,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines would arrive on May 11.
Galvez also said that there were about 20% to 30% health workers who have yet to be inoculated because they were waiting for doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by American companies Pfizer and Moderna.
Meanwhile, President Duterte said that being picky about COVID-19 vaccines was “discriminatory,” adding that people should take whatever vaccine brand would be available.
President Duterte ordered Galvez to assign vaccine deliveries to areas without regard for COVID-19 vaccine brands. Galvez then affirmed President Duterte’s order, citing some Filipinos preferring Western brands of COVID-19 vaccines.
“Karamihan sa mga nakakaintindi at sa mga common na mamamayan na gusto na magpa-bakuna, hindi na namimili. ‘Yung iba talaga choosy na pagkawestern ang orientation yun ang parang… pero kakaunti lang naman iyon Mr. President. But we’ll ensure na yung directive ninyo will be implemented,” Galvez said.
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