PH gov’t working on deals with more COVID-19 vaccine makers – Galvez
Robie de Guzman • December 28, 2020 • 786
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is working on deals to secure more supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from other pharmaceutical companies by next year, the country’s vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said.
Galvez made the remark on Saturday as he refuted accusations that the government is “focusing only on few vaccine sources.”
He stressed that aside from AstraZeneca, the country is also negotiating with India’s NovaVax, America’s Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer, Russia’s Gamaleya, and China’s Sinovac.
“It is a portfolio. Basically, ang mauuna sir is AstraZeneca ‘yung magiging contract natin,” he told President Rodrigo Duterte during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and health experts in Malacañang.
“Next is ang Novavax from Serum of India; next is Pfizer; and then maybe Johnson & Johnson. We have also the discussion of the head of terms and also the supply agreement and also with Moderna; and then followed by Gamaleya and also the Sinovac.”
Galvez said the government might have contracts with Novavax Inc. and Pfizer Inc. by January. It is also has initial arrangement for 20 million doses with Moderna.
“So all in all sir if we will get Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, J&J, and also Moderna, we might have more or less 80 million doses. And also recently, Gamaleya of Russia also negotiated for another 25 million,” he told Duterte.
Currently, Philippine authorities are asking Gamaleya for its third phase clinical trial information, Galvez said, hoping to secure a deal with the Russian vaccine maker also by January at the earliest.
The government is working to secure 20 million and 10 million doses for the government and private sector, respectively.
Galvez said the government may start inoculation for COVID-19 in May next year at the earliest, as it secures substantial vaccine doses intended for the government and the private sector.
The Philippine government earlier said that frontline health workers will be the first priority in the vaccine distribution followed by senior citizens, poor Filipinos and uniformed personnel.
It is looking to roll out its COVID-19 immunization program starting next year, and to administer it to at least 70 million Filipinos within three to five years.
MANILA, Philippines — The country’s COVID-19 vaccine supply is hardly sufficient for the entire Filipino population that is why the government is prioritizing the vulnerable sectors first.
However, some people who cannot wait for their turn have no problem with faking comorbidities so that they can jump the vaccination line.
The Department of Health (DOH) warned that giving false health declarations could lead to criminal charges.
“Baka hahanap pa tayo ng ibang batas na pwede nating makita at pwede nating gamitin pero iyong pag nagfa-falsify kasi tayo ng mga sakit natin, katulad niyan it’s going to be on public record. Meron po iyang mga penalties—meron na po tayong vina-violate sa ating mga existing laws in the country,” warned Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Republic Act 11332 of the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act states that offenders would face a penalty of up to P50,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.
The DOH is also looking into other laws that could penalize those who will fake their conditions and claim comorbidities just to get vaccinated.
The DOH said people shouldn’t rush to get the vaccine because once the supply is enough, each and every Filipino will have a chance to receive it.
“So atin pong binabalaan at atin pong binibigyan ng advise ang ating mga kababayan. Don’t go to that strategy. Hindi nyo po kailangan gawin iyan. Maghintay lang po tayo at dadating ang mga bakuna para mabakunahan po tayo lahat,” Vergeire said adding that there is a proper process that each person with comorbidity should go through.
They also need to submit some requirements to assess their conditions before they get vaccinated.
“Kapag po tayo ay nag- masterlist nagsusumite ang ating mga kababayan ng mga kanilang apparent comorbidities. Pagdating nila doon sa vaccination site, we need proof or evidence na kailangan maipakita nila na sila talaga ay may sakit. Ang nirequire natin, kailangan meron silang reseta, kailangan six months before meron silang medical certificate, 18 months before pwede, pwedeng mga laboratoryo,” Vergeire stressed.
“Iyan ay ini-evaluate ng ating screeners and pag nakita nila na hindi sya authentic, and then we will just tell them na hindi niyo pa turn and you you just need to go back. So ganun po yung ginagawa natin,” she added.
Meanwhile, the DOH cannot confirm if all in NCR Plus 8 areas would be completely vaccinated to reach population protection before the end of 2021.
According to DOH, herd immunity is only possible once the supply of COVID-19 vaccines becomes stable.
“Ito iyong focusing on specific areas that will give us more impact in vaccinating. So for NCR plus 8, ito po ang ating ine-estima na hopefully by the end of the year we will be able to achieve depending on the supplies that will come in. Pero ang kailangan nating balikan ding population protection also speaks of as here in the Philippines being able to vaccinate those most vulnerable,” Vergeire said. MNP (with report Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines — A total of one million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China arrived in the Philippines around 7:00 a.m. Thursday (June 10).
On board Cebu Pacific Flight 57671, the vaccines were welcomed by members of the government’s vaccine team led by Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.
Later tonight, an additional 2.28 million doses of Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX facility are also set to arrive, marking the biggest single-day delivery of COVID-19 vaccine supply in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines – Pansamantalang itinigil ng ilang local government unit (LGU) ang pagbabakuna para sa mga indibidwal na sakop ng A4 priority group dahil sa kakulangan sa supply ng COVID-19 vaccine.
Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH), sa susunod na linggo pa inaasahang maide-deploy sa mga LGU ang karagdagang bakuna na darating sa bansa ngayong linggo.
Ang vaccine supply na para sa A4 sector ay binibili ng pamahalaan mula sa vaccine manufacturers at hindi mula sa COVAX Facility.
Batay sa panuntunan ng pamahalaan, para lamang sa A1, A2 at A3 sectors ang mga bakunang mula sa COVAX Facility.
“So nararanasan po natin ito na pagtigil sa pagbabakuna dahil na rin sa ating limitadong supply. Yung ating dumating na bakuna noong nakarang linggo ay in progress na ng delivery at itong pong linggong ito, bukas ay may dadating din po tayong karagdagang bakuna at ito po ide-deploy kaagad sa ating mga vaccination centers,” ani Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, Director IV ng DOH.
“In fact meron tayong mga timelines na ito ay dapat binibigay kaagad natin once the country receives it to our local governments and ang dictum po natin once they received the vaccine,” dagdag pa niya.
Noong Lunes pormal na sinimulan ang pagbabakuna sa A4 sector na kinabibilangan ng economic frontline workers.
Tinatayang 20 milyon hanggang 30 milyon ang kabilang sa economic frontliners. Mahigit sa 29,000 sa mga ito ang nakatanggap na ng first dose habang nasa 6,269 ang fully vaccinated na.
Ayon kay Arevalo, may natanggap rin silang ulat na may ilang lugar sa National Capital Region (NCR) Plus 8 ang nagsuspindi ng pagbabakuna dahil kaunti lang ang natanggap nilang supply kahit mabilis ang kanilang vaccine rollout.
“To handle, to store and inoculate the vaccines. Kapag mabilis kayong magbakuna talagang mapapabilis din po ang pag-allocate. Importante din po na ang ating A1, 2 and 3 are still our priority habang binabakunahan natin yung A4,” ani Arevalo.
At dahil hindi pa rin sapat ang supply ng bakuna sa ngayon, nakatuon pa lang ang pagbabakakuna sa mga lugar na may mataas ang kaso gaya sa Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Cebu at Metro Davao, na tinatawag na NCR Plus 8.
Mabibigyan naman aniya ang ibang mga lugar kapag dumating na ang iba pang supply ng COVID-19 vaccine sa bansa ngayong Hunyo
“Kailangan maubos iyong kanilang mga bakuna lalo na iyong frist doses, kailangan ma- check din nila ang pagbabakuna ng kanilang second doses kaya kung may mga natitira pa these are for the second doses,” ang pahayag ni Arevalo.
“Inaasahan natin ngayong Hunyo may dadating na bakuna na tinatayang 10 million doses sana po ay maidagdag na po natin ito sa ating mga A4 segment of the population,” dagdag pa niya.
Sa kasalukyang 6.3 milyon na COVID-19 vaccines na ang naiturok sa mga Pilipinong nasa A1 hanggang A4 sector; 1.6 milyon naman dito ang nakakumpleto na ng kanilang COVID-19 shot. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
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