Philippines receives additional vaccines through COVAX facility

12-May-2021 Intellasia | Reliefweb | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Philippines on Monday received the first 193,050 doses of donated Pfiser vaccines from the WHO-led COVAX facility.

The national government led by the vaccine cluster with representatives from the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), the Unicef, US Embassy, and Pfiser Philippines received the vaccine doses at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.

“These additional Pfiser vaccines will be used on priority groups A1 to A3, who will be receiving the first dose of these vaccines. We have been working hard to bring these vaccines to the country especially with the scarce global supply of COVID-19 vaccines. We thank the COVAX facility and all of our partners for making this possible. We will continue to boost public confidence in our national vaccination programme,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.

The arrival of the additional vaccines will allow more Filipinos to get inoculated against COVID-19. The government is currently administering the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities. A ceremony was conducted on May 1, in which 5,000 economic frontliners who belong to the A4 priority group were vaccinated.

“In February, the U.S government announced a $4 billion contribution to support the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. This includes an initial contribution of $2 billion to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), which enables donor-funded access to safe and effective vaccines for 92 low- and middle-income countries, said Dr Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO Representative to the Philippines.” “Many of the people who will receive the COVID-19 vaccines arriving today are Filipino healthcare workers whose dedication and hard work continues to save lives and keep us safe. Healthcare workers are at the front of the line for vaccination because they are risking their health at the frontlines for the rest of us. We welcome the arrival of Pfiser/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility.”

The government is eyeing a total of 1.3 million doses of Pfiser vaccines through the COVAX facility. The initial doses of 193,050 would be used to test the logistics needed to store and transport the vaccines.

“Thanks to the outstanding work of our partners in the COVAX Facility, successful multi-stakeholder collaboration led by the Philippine government, and technical support for ultra-cold chain vaccine delivery, today’s arrival of vaccines is one more step in the fight against COVID-19. Unicef is bringing the full weight of our experience as the world’s largest single procurer of vaccines for children to help procure and deliver COVID-19 vaccines and specialised syringes, and to help countries in their roll-out plans. This is a unique opportunity to build the systems needed to prevent future pandemics, accelerate action to ensure every child has access to essential healthcare, and save lives,” said Unicef Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov.

Even with the scarce global supply, the Philippines is continuously negotiating with vaccine manufacturers to get additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The country is expecting additional doses of vaccines in the following months to help ramp up the speed of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme with the help of the COVAX facility.





Category: Philippines

Print This Post

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.