The Department of Health (DOH) said it was investigating the incident wherein Pfizer vaccines were wasted in Muntinlupa city due to a storage problem.

DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said vaccine czar Carlito Galvez had ordered vaccination sites checked if capable of handling vaccines that require storage in very low temperatures.

“Kailangan i monitor closely ang mga ating vaccination sites and kung nakitang hindi capable to store this highly technical vaccines hindi po muna sila bibiyan para wala po tayong nasasayang (vaccines) so ngayon patuloy po ang imbestigasyon,” Vergeire said in the “Laging Handa” government briefing on July 17.

Muntinlupa had suspended its Pfizer vaccination at Festival mall, when it was found that there was a change in temperature in its storage that could have affected the vaccines’ quality. 

The Pfizer vaccine, said to be 88-percent effective against the Delta variant of the Covid-19, is on high demand as countries try to combat the sudden surge of the new variant. Dominic Emanuel Apolona