Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the national action plan versus Covid-19. (Source: Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process)

The Philippine government has made another promise for a better Christmas.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Thursday said the government was aiming to vaccinate 70 million Filipinos this year so the country could have a “better Christmas” in 2021.

“We are relentlessly looking for a stable supply [of vaccines]. Ang gagawin po natin na vaccination is ambitious—70 million this year. It’s a hard task, a daunting task, but we will do it,” Galvez told ANC’s Headstart.

The country has so far received 1.12 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines donated by manufacturers Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

“We will do it so that next Christmas, itong Christmas na ito, we will have a better Christmas,” Galvez said.

Galvez said the government would try to vaccinate one million persons every week starting April. The number will be doubled by May.

By June, three to five million persons could be vaccinated weekly, Galvez said.

A total of 269,583 healthcare workers have been inoculated against Covid-19.

The Philippines has recorded 640,984 Covid-19 cases as of March 18. John Ezekiel J. Hirro