PH secures 202 million Covid vaccine doses with present inventory at 5.1 million

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The Philippines has so far secured 202 million doses of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines from various pharmaceutical companies and the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility, which if adminstered the soonest can help boost economic recovery.

Meanwhile, the government’s present stockpile of Covid-19 vaccines doses stands at 5.156 million and may reach 21.83 million by the end of June 2021.

Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., the Chief Implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, said 158 million doses were government-procured while 44 million doses were secured through the COVAX facility.

“Now we can get 202 million doses from the COVAX facility,” Galvez said in Filipino during the Cabinet meeting on Thursday night at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang.

A total of 300,000 doses of Sputnik V jabs will arrive next week and 1.3 million doses next month, along with 25,000 doses of Moderna vaccines procured by the private sector.

On May 20, another 500,000 doses of Sinovac will be delivered and 1.3 million doses by the end of the month.

Galvez said the government will be signing a head of terms, or summary of the intended terms of a commercial transaction, with Pfizer-BioNTech to purchase 40 million doses.

Supply agreements with Novavax and Johnson&Johnson will be finalized this week.

The COVAX facility might deliver 2.2 million Pfizer doses between May and June, Galvez added, and two million AstraZeneca doses to be allocated for second doses.

Overall, the Philippines will get a total of seven million doses in May and 10 million doses in June.

The country’s vaccine inventory may reach 21.83 million by the end of June. The current tally is 7.76 million doses, with 2.623 million doses already administered.

The daily vaccination capacity in the National Capital Region also increased from 59,000 to 83,000. The government targets to expand it to up to 120,000 daily.

To date, the country has activated 3,458 vaccination sites with 5.156 million doses in its stockpile.

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