PH’s 12M COVID-19 vaccine stockpile enough for more than a month — NTF

Marje Pelayo   •   July 21, 2021   •   269

MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 expressed confidence that the Philippines has a month’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines at present.

In its post, the NTF reported a stockpile of 12,826,099 doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines in total as of Wednesday (July 21) which will be sufficient to meet the country’s vaccination needs for more than a month.

According to NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr, the national government has in fact exceeded its target of having at least 10 million doses for its supply inventory.

“Sa ngayon po sumobra pa po tayo na 12,826,099 in which our supply can last up to 32 days or up to August 17,” Galvez said in his report during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People address on Monday, July 19.

“Kampante po tayo na sa August 17 ay hindi po tayo mahihirapan [at hindi] na magkaroon ng shortage,” he added.

Galvez said the country received its largest vaccine delivery last week totaling 7,142,450 doses from various manufacturers.

He added that the country is expecting an additional 9,353,340 shots until the end of July.

“Dati po tinatanong niyo po ako kung anong state ng stockpile. Tayo medyo maganda na po ang ating [stockpile] — hindi na po tayo kakaba-kaba,” Galvez added.

To date, Galvez said a total of 27,922,360 vaccine doses have been delivered to the country since February broken down as follows:

Government procured: 15,501,200 doses
13,500,000 Sinovac doses
1,150,800 AstraZeneca doses
500,400 Moderna doses
350,000 Sputnik V doses

Delivered by the WHO-led COVAX facility: 10,297,060 doses
4,584,000 AstraZeneca doses
3,240,850 Johnson & Johnson doses
2,472,210 Pfizer doses

From Foreign Donations: 2,124,100 doses
1 million Sinovac doses from the Chinese government
1,124,100 AstraZeneca doses from the Japanese government

All in all, Galvez said the country aims to secure a total of 164 million vaccine doses consisting of shots procured by the government, as well as those coming from the COVAX facility and various donor countries.

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

Maris Federez   •   October 25, 2021

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)

PH to raise daily vaccination target to 1.5 million doses

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is eyeing to raise its daily vaccination target to 1.5 million jabs amid the arrival of more COVID-19 vaccine doses.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte in a taped public briefing aired late Tuesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the continuous delivery of vaccine supplies in the country will allow the government to shift its focus to inoculating as much of the willing general population.

Galvez, who is also the National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer, said that for the first half of October alone, 20 million vaccine doses have already been delivered under government and private sector procurements, as well as donations.

The World Health Organization-led COVAX facility delivered 7.3 million doses for this month, which is one of its biggest vaccine donations to the Philippines to date, he added.

Galvez also reported that apart from the COVAX facility, the United States also donated 6.4 million Pfizer jabs while Germany gave 884, 800 AstraZeneca doses.

Both the US and Germany have committed to donate more in the coming months, he added.

At this rate, the vaccine czar said that achieving 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses delivery before end-October is “on track” and that vaccine supply shortage “is no longer an issue” with more than 38 million doses are safely stored in cold chain storage warehouses.

With the abundance of vaccine supply, Galvez said the government can now shift its attention to recalibrating its vaccine deployment strategy to inoculate the general population, including children, before the year ends.

The national government is aiming to vaccinate at least 50 million individuals this year.

As of Monday, a total of 24,498,753 have been fully vaccinated or 31.76 percent of the total vaccination target.

900K more doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrive in PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Around 900,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the country over the weekend.

A total of 720,000 Sputnik V doses from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute were delivered on Saturday (October 16). The latest shipment is the largest delivery so far from the Russian-based vaccine maker.

To date, the country has received a total of 1,290,000 Sputnik V doses consisting of Components I and II.

An additional 207,090 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine also arrived on Saturday.

According to National Task Force Against COVID-19 special adviser Teodoro Herbosa said a portion of the vaccines will be delivered to Cebu and Davao, while the rest will be used for pediatric vaccination which began on Friday (October 15).

“We do hope that this will help a lot in our vaccination program. The other good news is we have reached about 92 million doses delivered to the Filipino people by the different brands. I think the promise of Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of 104 million by the end of October will be fulfilled,” he said.

More COVID-19 vaccine supplies are expected to arrive in the country. The national government estimated around 140 million to 160 million doses will be delivered to the Philippines before the end of 2021. AAC

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