Demand for Sinovac vaccine surpasses supply donated by China — Sec. Galvez

Marje Pelayo   •   March 3, 2021   •   232

Boxes of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac SARS-CoV-2 vaccine being prepared for storage |Credit: Manila Public Information Office

MANILA, Philippines — Following the success of the government’s initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, more people are showing interest in getting vaccinated.

In fact, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the number of vaccine registrants has already exceeded the available Sinovac doses donated by China.

So far, the recent rollout has been drawing positive feedback while more health workers are getting more confident in receiving the Sinovac vaccine.

“Sa ngayon namomroblema kami ni Usec. Myrna (Cabotaje) na more than 600,000 na ang tinatawag natin na distribution list natin,” he said.

But Galvez can now offer the new brand that is set to arrive.

“Pero sa awa siguro ng Dios darating na yung sa Covax Facility natin we are hoping na baka dumating na this week or next week.” he added.

The official sad the World Health Organizations (WHO) COVAX Facility has promised to send 44 million doses — four million to nine million of which is expected to be delivered in the middle of this year.

“Ang gusto ng ating mahal na presidente ay ang lahat ng ating mga mamamayan sa buong Pilipinas ay mabakunahan sa pangunguna ng ating mga healthcare workers,”  Galvez said.

“We will always protect you. At ang sinasabi nga niya walang maiiwan, walang iwanan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Taguig City is preparing to declare a more relax policy when it comes to movement of residents following the vaccination drive at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City.

Mayor Lino Cayetano said the important thing is for the public to get accustomed to proper health protocols.

Cayateno believes in the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine to prevent the entry of a more serious variant in the city.

“Ang variant na ito nagkakaroon kapag yung original na virus papasok sa tao at papasa mo ulit. So kailangan putulin natin iyon,” he said.

“Kailangan putulin natin yung transmission ng virus. That’s why the best vaccine is the one available today so we can cut transmission,” he said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PH receives 500K more Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday received another shipment of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech.

Around 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines purchased by the government arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at past 5 p.m. It arrived via a Philippines Airlines flight.

The shipment brings the COVID-19 shots so far delivered to the country to more than 3,525,600, comprised of CoronaVac and AstraZeneca.

This is part of the commitment of Sinovac Biotech to deliver 1.5 million vaccine doses this month. The other 500,000 doses were shipped last April 11.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that about 100,000 of these vaccines will be deployed to Metro Manila and its administration will be completed within the week.

Galvez also said that another 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will be delivered on April 29.

500K more Sinovac doses to arrive in PH April 22

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive Thursday 500,000 more doses of CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech.

The plane carrying the shipment is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 5 p.m.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials will welcome the arrival of the vaccines procured by the government.

The arrival of the additional doses on Thursday would bring to 3,525,600 the number of COVID-19 vaccines, comprised of CoronaVac and AstraZeneca, that the Philippines has so far received.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana on Wednesday announced that another 500,000 vials of Sinovac vaccines are expected to arrive in Manila next week.

This is part of the commitment of Sinovac Biotech to deliver 1.5 million vaccine doses this month. The other 500,000 doses were shipped last April 11.

The Philippines is also expecting to receive this month at least 20,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines made by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute while additional AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility may be delivered in May.

The WHO previously said that the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses for the Philippines has been delayed, and that it will be lesser in number than expected, due to a global supply shortage.

Once additional vaccine doses arrive in the country, the national government is eyeing to begin the inoculation of economic frontliners by May and to intensify the vaccination drive in other COVID-19 hotspots in the Philippines.

DICT vaccine information system aims to expedite COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has underscored the importance of the Vaccine Information and Management System (VIMS) in the government’s vaccination rollout for COVID-19.

On Wednesday (April 21), DICT Usec. Manny Caintic said VIMS aims to expedite the monitoring and tracking of the supply and distribution of vaccines throughout the country.

Caintic said health professionals can also use VIMS in monitoring vaccination centers during rollout.

Ang VIMS ay magiging single source of truth para sa lahat ng impormasyon patungkol sa pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 (VIMS will serve as the single source of truth for all information on vaccination against COVID-19),” he said.

He also assured data privacy will be implemented and any personal information of a vaccinated individual will not be leaked.

The DICT official also said the data from LGUs is vital in VIMS.  He urged LGUs to submit requirements for VIMS to track its vaccine distribution for the vaccination information system.

The deadline given to the DICT for VIMS rollout in the National Capital Region LGUs is set until end-April, while the deadline for the VIMS in LGUs outside NCR was set until the end of May. AAC

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