Galvez Apologizes To LGUs For Delayed Delivery Of COVID-19 Vaccines Caused By Supply Issues

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Galvez apologized to LGUs for the delayed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines caused by supply issues.

On Wednesday, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr apologized to local government units (LGUs) for the delayed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines caused by supply issues.

Galvez apologized to LGUs for the delayed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines caused by supply issues.
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Galvez explained in a statement that the 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that were supposed to arrive last month were reduced to 4.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses because of logistical challenges.

The remaining COVID-19 vaccines, according to Galvez, will be delivered this month.

Galvez then assured that LGUs identified as “centers of gravity” or those with a high number of active coronavirus cases will be given their vaccine supply this week with the arrival of 3.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday.

READ ALSO: PH To Welcome Arrival Of 3.2M COVID-19 Vaccine Doses On Thursday — Galvez

Galvez emphasized that donated COVID-19 vaccine doses through the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility will be mainly allocated to COVID-19 vaccine priority groups, namely health workers (A1), senior citizens (A2), people with comorbidity (A3), and indigent population (A5).

As for COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the national government, those COVID-19 vaccine doses will also be used for said groups, as well as economic frontliners (A4).

Galvez assured that COVID-19 vaccine supply will normalize by June 14 as more COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the country.

For June, the national government expected to receive more than 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, another 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in July, and 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in August.

Galvez also said that 35 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were seen to arrive in the third quarter of 2021, with the bulk of the shipments coming from Sinovac Biotech and the COVAX facility.

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