DAVAO CITY – Davao City Health Office (CHO) acting head Dr. Ashley Lopez revealed Wednesday that the city government may also receive a supply of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by the US-based Novavax Inc. and Serum Institute of India.
Lopez said that no less than the National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito G. Galvez Jr. told him during the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team visit at the A. Mabini Elementary School in Barangay Talomo here last Feb. 16 that the country will receive a supply of the Novavax vaccines.
“I can remember Secretary Galvez telling me that Novavax is a good vaccine and that there is a supply coming. Probably, if the national government will avail of the Novavax, it will be one of the vaccines that we will receive as allocation for the local government units,” he said.
He said the decision whether the city will procure its own supply of Novavax vaccines is left to Mayor Sara Duterte.
Last Monday, Mayor Duterte said the national government had given local government units (LGUs) the green light to place orders for Novavax vaccines and, as such, the local government is complying with the documents needed to procure a certain dose from the vaccine manufacturer.
“We are starting our documentation right now to buy a certain number of doses of Novavax. We’re buying these vaccines just in case the national government will not fulfill its commitment that there will be vaccines for all because there’s nothing on paper yet with regard to the number of doses that they can give to the LGUs,” she said.