Iloilo requests foreign countries for surplus of COVID-19 vaccines

Published July 15, 2021, 3:50 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Legislative officials in Iloilo province are requesting foreign governments to donate surplus of COVID-19 vaccines.

“We know there’s a surplus of COVID-19 vaccines in other countries,” said Iloilo Vice Governor Christine Garin.

This is after Iloilo 4th District Provincial Board Member Rolando Distura initially sponsored a resolution asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada through Ambassador Peter MacArthur to donate extra COVID-19 vaccines for the people of Iloilo province.

The Iloilo Provincial Board expanded Distura’s proposal and urged the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, and member-states of the European Union (EU) to donate surplus COVID-19 vaccines.

“We don’t know if any vaccines will come, but we are trying,” Garin told Manila Bulletin.

The 270,000 doses AztraZeneca’s AZD1222 vaccines ordered by the Iloilo provincial government have yet to arrive.

The residents in the province’s 42 towns and component city of Passi are currently relying on COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the national government.

As of July 14, more than 144,000 people have been vaccinated in Iloilo province. There were 104,680 persons given their first dose while 39,328 persons were given the second dose.