COVID-19 vaccine supply, no longer a problem — NTF

Maris Federez   •   October 25, 2021   •   155

MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 has assured that the country’s supply of vaccines against coronavirus disease is no longer a problem.

The NTF reported that the Philippines has received around 97.6 million doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines since February this year.

Of this number, 76.7 million were deployed in the local government units to be administered in their communities.

Vaccine czar and NTF chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez said that this month, an average of around 1 million vaccine doses arrive in the country every day.

These doses were immediately deployed to the LGUs to ensure that no time is wasted in vaccinating the people.

“The country has been receiving an average of 1 million COVID-19 vaccines daily since the start of October. And once we receive them, they are immediately deployed to LGUs and other implementing units throughout the country. There is no time wasted,” Galvez said.

The official also reiterated that the national inventory has sufficient COVID-19 vaccine supplies and that the LGUs do not have to make their own procurement for their constituencies.

He said that with the guaranteed supply of the vaccines, the problem now lies in how these will be distributed to benefit a larger number of Filipinos.

NTF vs COVID-19 Deputy chief implementer and testing czar Sec. Vince Dizon said that the government targets to vaccinate at least one dose of the vaccine to 70 percent of the target population and reach full vaccination of the said target by December 30.

He noted that this can be achieved with more aggressive action by the LGUs in the vaccination rollout, especially in highly urbanized cities.

“As I have been telling our LGUs over the past several weeks, vaccine supply is no longer a problem for our country. Our main concern at this point is how to get these COVID-19 jabs into the arms of as many Filipinos as quickly as possible,” Dizon said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Over 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government has arrived in the country, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment, containing a total of 1,078,740 shots, landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at past 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

These shots were procured by the Philippine government through the Asian Development Bank, it added.

The task force said this is the first of the three deliveries for the 2,394,990 Pfizer vaccine doses that were purchased by the government.

The succeeding shipments are expected to arrive on Thursday and Saturday.

To date, the Philippines has received more than 144 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccine brands since deliveries started in February.

NTF tells public not to panic, strictly follow health protocols amid threat of Omicron variant

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 has called on the public to remain calm and continue adhering to the health and safety protocols set by the government amid the threat of a new and highly mutated coronavirus variant called Omicron (B.1.1.529).

NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. assured that the government is closely monitoring all developments related the new variant.

The variant, first detected in South Africa, has been classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Huwag po kayong mag-alala, huwag po kayong mag-panic. Sundin lang po natin ang minimum health standards at protocols, magsuot po ng face mask, at hopefully magawa natin ‘yung ating ginawa sa Delta variant where we were able to completely manage yung [virus and prevent] possible unnecessary loss of lives at economy,” Galvez said in a statement.

He said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has started discussions on the recalibration of the government’s strategies to combat the new variant as well as the scaling up of treatment therapies in hospitals.

“With the coming of the Omicron, we want to make sure that our focused targets, the A1 to A3, the most vulnerable ay [mabakunahan] po natin. In this case, kapag nakuha po natin ‘yan, mako-control natin ang critical disease, hospitalization at excessive deaths,” Galvez said.

“Ang aming panagawan din sa lahat ng ating kababayan, ‘yung mga wala pang bakuna, magpabakuna na. During the onslaught of the Delta [variant], nakita natin na karamihan ng casualties at severe cases ay 75-85% unvaccinated,” he added.

Despite the threat of the new COVID-19 variant, the vaccine czar said the national government remains committed to achieve its target milestones by next year.

These include fully vaccinating at least 77 million Filipinos by the first quarter of 2022 and starting the inoculation for minors aged 5 to 11.

By the second quarter of 2022, the government shall have fully vaccinated 90 million individuals, in time for the national elections, Galvez said.

The rest of the Filipino population is expected to be fully vaccinated by the third quarter of next year based on the national government’s vaccination synchronization matrix, he added.

700K AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by Australia arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Australian government arrived in the Philippines Wednesday morning, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The shipment  landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 around 9:45 a.m.

Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson handed over the vaccines to NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III upon its arrival.

Robinson said these vaccine doses are part of their government’s domestic supply.

He said that overall, the Australian government will provide a total of 3.6 million vaccine doses to the Philippines by the end of 2022.

Philippine authorities thanked the Australian government for its generosity and substantial donation of vaccines.

The delivery of AstraZeneca doses comes ahead of the country’s upcoming three-day national vaccination drive on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 which aims to to inoculate 15 million Filipinos.

To date, more than 33.8 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the vaccination drive was launched in March.

 

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