Malacañang on Tuesday said the country could get up to 171 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines this year despite supply and demand concerns worldwide.
In a virtual presser, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the country would be able to “complete” the country’s vaccination program.
The spokesman echoed the statement of vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. from Monday evening, when the latter said: “Kung titingnan po natin ‘yong supply and demand sa 2021, may possibility po natin na talaga ‘yong ating vaccination program ay makakaya po natin sa 2021.”
Roque said the vaccines would be sourced from the following:
- 44 million doses from Covax
- 25 million from Sinovac
- 10 to 15 million from Gamaleya
- 30 million from Novavax
- 17 million from AstraZeneca
- 20 million from Moderna
- 15 million from Pfizer
- 5 million from Johnson & Johnson
The first Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive this month—600,000 doses of Sinovac from China. However, Sinovac vaccines cannot be used for emergency use just yet as the country’s Food and Drug Administration has yet to issue the authorization.
Roque also said that the country was “confident” that 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines would arrive this month.
The country has recorded 552,246 Covid-19 cases as of Feb. 16. John Ezekiel J. Hirro