Galvez did not specify the brand of vaccines to be given to the country but said Pfizer vaccines were expected to arrive first.
The Philippines now has 15 reported cases of the UK coronavirus variant after exposure to a 29-year-old Filipino who arrived in the country on January 7 with his girlfriend on a business trip from the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday.
In a statement, the CHR said the government should understand that academic freedom includes the expression of intellectual dissent, and should be respected by the government.
“Tell him Thanks but No Thanks! I wonder what gave him the idea that the senators favor Pfizer,” Senate President Tito Sotto said in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusations that the senators prefer only the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,912 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the Philippines’ tally to 494,605.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel. National recovery is within sight,” he said.
The Pfizer vaccine, administered in two doses, has a 95-percent efficacy rate.
Current community quarantine classifications are set to lapse on Jan. 31.
In August last year, Duterte expressed willingness to receive the first doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to assure the public of its safety.
The country will secure 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from British-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca, Galvez also said on Wednesday.
The Philippine Red Cross is scheduled to launch coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tests using saliva to more than 1,000 health workers in the country.
“Pagdating po ng bakuna sa Pebrero hanggang Hunyo, wala po talagang pilian iyan kasi iisa lang po ang bakuna na magiging available, iyan nga po iyong galing sa Tsina,” he said in a Palace briefing.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said 80 percent of the global supply of Covid-19 vaccines had already been procured by rich countries, leaving countries like the Philippines scrambling to ink deals with manufacturers.
Sinovac was found 78-percent effective in Brazil-based clinical trials and 91.25-percent effective by Turkey.
The vaccines are set to arrive by the third quarter of 2021.
Those who will elect not to enlist themselves in the vaccination will be required to sign a declaration, Roque said.