Gov't eyes full vaccination of 27 M Filipinos by end August — Galvez

Published August 13, 2021, 10:56 AM

by Martin Sadongdong

The national government is eyeing to fully vaccinate 27 million Filipinos against the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the end of this month, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. revealed Friday, Aug. 13.

A total of 575,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on Aug. 13, 2021. (Photo courtesy of National Task Force Against COVID-19)

Galvez, also the chief implementer of the the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, said the government seeks to fully vaccinate five million people per week in the remaining three weeks — or 15 million until the end of the month — to achieve the target.

As of Aug. 12, a total of 12,282,006 individuals or 17.19 percent of the country’s eligible target population have been fully vaccinated.

“Hopefully ma-breach natin ang 27 million [second dose] so more or less sa computation namin, if we’re able to breach five million per week, makukuha natin ang 15 million ngayong August (Hopefully we can breach the 27 million [second dose] so more or less in our computation, if we’re able to breach five million per week, we can get the 15 million more this August),” he said.

Likewise, a total of 14,395,263 individuals have received their first dose. The total number of administered doses since March 1 was 26,677,269.

The vaccine czar made the remark as he witnessed the arrival of 575,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines procured through a trilateral agreement among the national government, private sector that is represented by the Go Negosyo Foundation, and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company.

Meanwhile, an additional 15,000 doses of Sputnik V from Russia were slated to arrive at around 4 p.m.

A total of 575,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on Aug. 13, 2021. (Photo courtesy of National Task Force Against COVID-19)

Purchased through the private sector-led “Dose of Hope” initiative, the vaccines were delivered via China Airlines flight CI 701 which landed on Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City around 9:35 a.m.

These comprised the second tranche of procured vaccines under the Dose of Hope program. The first tranche — consisted of 1,150,800 doses — arrived on July 16.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said the vaccines represented half of the 1.17 million AstraZeneca jabs that were scheduled to arrive in the country this month. The remaining 594,200 doses are expected to be delivered by the end of the third week.

Majority of the newly-delivered jabs will be deployed in the National Capital Region (NCR) and CALABARZON which covers Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Region 4A).

“Ang focus ng mga vaccines namin dito sa NCR. May CALABAR area din kasi ang mga pabrika namin nandyan rin but bulk of it will be in NCR (The focus of our vaccine [deployment] is here in NCR. We will also send some in CALABARZON because we have some factories there but bulk of it will be in NCR),” Concepcion said.

He said the vaccines will be distributed pro rata or proportional among the companies that made the procurement under the guidance of the Department of Health (DOH).

“Kasama namin ang DOH, naka-allocate ‘yan depending on the pro rata kung gaano kalaki ang purchase ng mga private sector. So pwede they bought 10,000 so it will be divided in the total, and that will determine the pro rata share of each one. Very fair (Along with DOH, it is allocated depending on the pro rata share that each of the private sector purchased. If they bought 10,000 [doses] so it will be deivided in the total, and that will determine the pro rata share of each one. [It is] very fair,” Concepcion explained.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. (second from left) leads the welcoming ceremony for the arrival of 575,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on Aug. 13, 2021. He was accompanied by (L-R) Department of Health Director Ariel Valencia, NTF Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, and Lotis Ramin, Country President of AstraZeneca Philippines. (Photo courtesy of National Task Force Against COVID-19)

By September, Concepcion said half of the arriving vaccines under the Dose of Hope program will be alloted to the local government units (LGUs) as part of the private sector’s commitment to help in the inoculation program being done in the communities.

In November 2020, the Go Negosyo launched the Dose of Hope program through the signing of a tripartite agreement with the national government and AstraZeneca where around 17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were secured from the British-Swedish vaccine manufacturer.

The government bought 11 million doses while the private sector purchased six million doses under the said initiative.

With the latest delivery, the country has so far received 42,091,150 doses of vaccines. It includes 7,849,740 doses of procured and donated AstraZeneca.

Other brands were 22.5 million doses of Sinovac; 3.8 million doses of Moderna; 4.2 million doses of Moderna; 3.2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson; 350,000 doses of Sputnik V; and 100,000 doses of Sinopharm.

 
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