DOH denies favoritism in distributing Pfizer vaccines


A health official on Monday said there is no favoritism in the distribution of Pfizer vaccines refuting allegations that Davao received most of the American-made jabs delivered to the country.

In an online media briefing, Health Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama noted that Cebu and Davao each received 210,000 Pfizer vaccine doses.

“And this is not for the Davao City only, this is also for the Davao Region and nearby areas needing Pfizer vaccines. We received this much because we have the capability, we have ultra-low temperature freezers here,” he added partly in Filipino.

Dumama was responding to reports that Davao has been receiving most of the Pfizer vaccines.

He also said that any Davao Region resident can get Pfizer vaccines from Davao City if they need to.

In the same media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained the “no wrong door” policy where non-residents of Davao City may be vaccinated there if they have gone to the area and if they are eligible for Covid-19 inoculation.

Vergeire reported there are only five regions that are yet to receive Pfizer vaccines due to the absence of ultra-low temperature freezers for storage.

These regions include the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Caraga, Soccsksargen, Bicol. and Mimaropa.

On Sunday, Galvez announced that the Philippine government has made its biggest vaccine procurement for this year with the signing of a supply agreement for 40 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.


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