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Galvez says PH has sufficient vaccine supply for a month

July 21, 2021 - Wednesday 3:07 PM by MDM

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Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. said that the Philippines already has a stockpile of anti-COVID-19 vaccines sufficient to meet the country’s vaccination needs for more than a month.

Galvez Jr, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, said that the country has 12,826,099 doses anti-COVID-19 vaccines, which are more than the government’s target of having at least 10 million doses for its supply inventory.

In his recent report to President Rodrigo Duterte, Galvez said that the vaccine supply can last up to 32 days or until August 17.

“Kampante po tayo na sa August 17 ay hindi po tayo mahihirapan [at hindi] na magkaroon ng shortage,” he added.

Galvez said the country received its largest vaccine delivery to date last week totaling 7,142,450 doses coming from various manufacturers.

From July 1 to 19, he said the Philippines received 10,464,550 vaccine doses, and expects to get an additional 9,353,340 shots until the end of the month.

To date, Galvez said a total of 27,922,360 vaccine doses have been delivered to the country since February.

Of this number, 15,501,200 were government-procured, consisting of 13,500,000 Sinovac doses, 1,150,800 AstraZeneca doses, 500,400 Moderna doses, and 350,000 Sputnik V doses.

On the other hand, 10,297,060 vaccine doses have been delivered by the WHO-led COVAX facility, comprising 4,584,000 AstraZeneca doses, 3,240,850 Johnson & Johnson doses, and 2,472,210 Pfizer doses.

Meanwhile, 2,124,100 vaccine doses have been donated to the country, consisting of 1 million Sinovac doses from the Chinese government and 1,124,100 AstraZeneca doses from the Japanese government.

All in all, Galvez said the country aims to secure a total of 164 million vaccine doses consisting of shots procured by the government, as well as those coming from the COVAX facility and various donor countries.

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