PH won’t pay ‘reservation fee’ for COVID-19 vaccines — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2020   •   296

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will not shell out a single peso for a reservation fee to any pharmaceutical company that will develop a vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

According to President Rodrigo Duterte, paying such a reservation fee is against the country’s procurement laws.

Wala pa iyong vaccine (The vaccine is not yet available). There is nothing with finality and you want us to make a reservation by depositing money? You must be crazy. Bakit ako magbili ng ganoong style (Why would I buy in such a manner)?” President Duterte said. 

“The Procurement Law of the Philippines does not allow you to buy something which is non-existent or to-be-produced as yet,” he explained.

This was the President’s stand amid reports that some pharmaceutical firms are asking buyers to fund their research and development efforts for a vaccine against the deadly disease.

“Like in other countries, they want cash advance bago tayo deliver-an ng vaccine (before they deliver vaccines to us). Kung ganun, patay tayong lahat (If that is the case, then we will all die). Every Filipino will die I can assure you,” he said. 

“Kung wala tayong ibigay sa kanilang cash advance, walang vaccine (If we don’t give them a cash advance, then we won’t get a vaccine). That’s one thing wrong about the western countries. It’s all profit, profit, profit,” he added.

The President said this is why he prefers to buy vaccines from Russia and China if theirs are proven effective. 

Russia first offered a joint vaccine production effort with the Philippines, while China gave its commitment to provide the Philippines priority access should a vaccine be made available.

Four of the nine Chinese vaccine candidates are in the late-stage trials, while Russia’s Sputnik V is also in its Phase 3 trials. MNP (with Rosalie Coz)

PH receives additional 1M doses of Sinovac vaccine

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

 

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.

Pagbabakuna sa A4 group sa ilang LGU, tigil muna dahil sa limitadong vaccine supply – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

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)

3.2 million more COVID-19 vax doses to arrive in PH Thursday

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – More than three million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines are set to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said Wednesday.

The NTF said that of the 3.2 million doses, one million are from Sinovac while around 2,280,000 are Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine jabs from the global initiative, COVAX Facility.

The task force expects the Sinovac shots to be delivered at 7:30 a.m. while Pfizer jabs will arrive at 9 p.m.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said part of the incoming vaccine supply will be distributed to provinces outside the National Capital Region.

Galvez earlier said that at least 10 million vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the Philippines this June.

The NTF also reported on Wednesday that the government has administered more than six million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of this number, 1,604,260 individuals have been fully vaccinated or have received the second dose.

Individuals already vaccinated include priority groups A1 (healthcare workers), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities), and A4 (economic frontliners).

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