The Department of Health (DOH) said that about 40 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are expected to be delivered to the Philippines by the third quarter of 2021. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press conference that the ones negotiated by our government with Pfizer might arrive in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Vaccine Czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that the national government is set to sign a deal that will secure 40 million doses of COVID-19 jabs from the U-S pharmaceutical giant.
Aside from the 40 million, the Philippines is expecting to receive 2.2 million doses of the same brand from the COVAX facility in the coming months, USec Vergeire said.
Earlier this month, the DoH said local government should not disclose the brand of jabs available in inoculation sites after hundreds of Filipinos trooped to a hospital in Manila upon learning that Pfizer vaccines are available there.
USec Vergeire emphasized that the real main objective of the vaccine deployment is for us to reduce the number of infections, the number of hospitalization and reduce deaths.
The vaccine from Pfizer, which uses mRNA as its technology platform, is the first to be granted emergency use authorization(EAU) in the Philippines, getting the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 14, and has to be administered in two doses, 21 days apart.
The government announced earlier that aside from Pfizer’s, the Philippines is currently using COVID-19 jabs developed by AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Gamaleya Institute.
And millions of doses from Moderna are expected to arrive next month, the Health Department assures.
It was reported that many Filipinos are still “adamant” in using Sinovac as vaccine to overcome the pandemic.
And many are choosing U-S manufactured vaccine against Covid-19 in the Philippines.