Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. reported on Tuesday that more than 49 million Covid-19 vaccine doses had yet to be distributed to local government units (LGUs) that lacked proper storage facilities.

During the “Talk to the People” address of President Duterte, Galvez said he had met with local chief executives to urge them to stabilize their cold storage chains

“Kaya po talagang mini-meet natin ang mga different regions at saka mga probinsiya and also ‘yung ating mga different municipalit[ies] na palakasin po nila ang capacity nila para magkaroon po sila ng higher capacity on doing their jab per day, and at the same time, they procure their own cold chain system para makapag-imbak po sila ng mga bakuna,” he said.

The Philippines has received 108,912,460 Covid-19 vaccine doses from various manufacturers to date.

According to Galvez, the country’s vaccine procurement had been consistent lately, but distribution to far-flung areas was the problem.

Galvez said the government was aiming to administer up to 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses daily by Nov. 20.

To do so, Galvez said more vaccination sites would be opened in malls, universities, gyms, military and police camps, and other government facilities.

The Philippines has recorded 2,793,898 Covid-19 cases to date. John Ezekiel J. Hirro