The country is expected to get an additional 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccines this month as the government stepped up its free immunization drive.
According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the upcoming delivery of coronavirus vaccines will come from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute.
“Two million vaccines are expected to be delivered in April 2021, with 1,500,000 from Sinovac and working on 500,000 from Gamaleya in April/May,” Roque said in a statement.
So far, Roque said the government has administered 922,898 vaccines to people under its vaccination campaign.
The country earlier received 2.5 million coronavirus vaccine shots, including 1 million Sinovac shots procured by the government. The remaining stocks came from the donations made by China and the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.
The country’s forthcoming vaccine delivery was discussed in a meeting of several Cabinet members via video conference Thursday, according to Roque.
Other issues tackled in the meeting were the hazard pay for health frontliners as well as the planned debit-credit payment method in hospitals.
“The government has been addressing the issue of hazard pay of healthcare workers,” Roque said.
He said they discussed the application of Debit Credit Payment Method (DCPM) of Health Care Facilities nationwide, which is around P9.7 billion. He said such payment will be subject to the board assessment and estimation for NCR Plus affected areas.
President Duterte earlier asked the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to hasten the payment of valid claims of hospitals. Roque said PhilHealth has approved a debit-credit payment system to settle the obligations to hospitals during the state of public health emergency.