MANILA, Philippines — The country has, so far, received the biggest supply of vaccines against coronavirus disease in October, having recorded 20 million vaccine doses delivered for this month alone.
“Sir, marami pong magandang balita po sa October, it’s the biggest supply delivery from Pfizer, Moderna, and COVAX, and Sputnik. As we have said earlier, almost 92 million doses already been delivered,” said NTF COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. during Monday’s Talk to the Nation of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Galvez said the country received the biggest delivery from the COVAX facility for having delivered 7.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.
This is composed of 6.4 million doses of Pfizer vaccine as donations from the United States government and 844,800 from the German donation.
“The German ambassador told us that they will add more to make it 1.6 million AstraZeneca [as] donation,” Galvez added.
Another 2 million vaccine doses will be given by the US totaling approximately 18 million delivered though the COVAX facility.
The vaccine czar said that the arrival of 20 million vaccine doses this month is the biggest so far, surpassing September deliveries of 19 million doses.
“So, the achieving of 100 million doses delivery before the end of October is on track. And right now, the supply is not anymore an issue. We have more than 38 million doses in our warehouses,” he said.
The official noted the efforts contributed by the World Health Organization and the UNICEF for the significant deliveries made by the COVAX facility.
“It already accounted for 24.3 million doses and the majority of which are coming from the US donation. Total na po ng US natin ngayon 16 [million doses], plus iyong promise po na additional sa 18 [million] and other countries are expected to donate this October,” Galvez added. —/mbmf