The Department of Finance (DoF) said a World Bank top official hailed the Philippines’ “good” coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine roll out program.
Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank regional vice president for East Asia and the Pacific, expressed hope that the Philippines’ vaccination rollout will continue to allow it to meet its goal of immunizing 100 percent of its adult population this year, according to a statement released by the DoF on Monday.
“I think you are in a good place with your vaccination program and I hope it continues,” Kwakwa was quoted as saying during her virtual discussion with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd.
Kwakwa also expressed concern that, as the deadlier Covid-19 Delta strain spreads around the globe, other Asian countries may experience surges as a result of late vaccine procurement or slow immunization of their citizens, the Finance department also underscored.
In response, Dominguez said that from a low of less than 3 million vaccine doses received by the Philippines in the first quarter of this year, this volume has since increased to some 25 million doses in the April-June period.
In response, Dominguez said that the Philippines got less than 3 million vaccine doses in the first quarter of this year, but that this number has since climbed to almost 25 million doses in the April-June period.
“He informed Vice President Kwakwa that the much bigger delivery of about 70 million vaccine doses is expected this third quarter, and over 50 million doses in the last quarter of 2021,” the DoF noted.
The Finance chief also told the World Bank representative that all of the vaccinations purchased are sufficient to inoculate more than 100 percent of the country’s population, it also mentioned.
The Philippines, according to Dominguez, has vaccinated its citizens in a timely and efficient manner.
BY MEYNARD DELA CERNA