- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque admitted that President Rodrigo Duterte is already getting impatient over the slow shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines
- The expected COVID-19 vaccines have been delayed due to different issues
- Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. assured that amid the delays, the country is still “on track” based on their schedule
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. allayed the concerns over the public following Malacanang’s admission that President Rodrigo Duterte is already getting impatient over the delay of COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that the President is already feeling the delay and couldn’t help but be frustrated about it. Roque stated, “Tatapatin ko kayo: si Presidente ang nagsalita na. Siya mismo naiinip na.”
“Kinakailangang dumating na ang mga bakuna kaya naman siguro dahil nagsalita na ng ganyan ang Presidente, e gagalaw na nang mas mabilis ang lahat,” he added.
While other Southeast Asian countries have begun their mass inoculation, the Philippines’ expected COVID-19 vaccines have been delayed due to different issues faced by government officials and manufacturers.
Around 600,000 Sinovac vaccines donated by China are supposed to arrive in the country by February but might be delayed if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would not issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) anytime soon.
The 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines that was also expected to arrive by February was delayed due to some requirement on the indemnification agreement. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. admitted they were caught off-guard when Pfizer asked for a bilateral agreement on their indemnification clause at the last minute. For Astrazeneca, Galvez said the complication lies in global manufacturing.
However, Galvez assured that the Philippines is still “on track” based on its schedule for vaccine procurement.
“Ang talaga pong massive rollout po natin ay doon po sa third quarter. Dito po, darating iyong 30 to 50 million doses na galing po sa Novavax, J&J, and kung magkaroon po tayo ng sa Pfizer, Sinovac and other vaccines na puwedeng pumasok ‘pag nagkaroon na po sila ng EUA,” he explained.