October hits biggest supply of COVID-19 vaccines — Galvez

Maris Federez   •   October 20, 2021   •   173

MANILA, Philippines — The country has, so far, received the biggest supply of vaccines against coronavirus disease in October, having recorded 20 million vaccine doses delivered for this month alone.

“Sir, marami pong magandang balita po sa October, it’s the biggest supply delivery from Pfizer, Moderna, and COVAX, and Sputnik. As we have said earlier, almost 92 million doses already been delivered,” said NTF COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. during Monday’s Talk to the Nation of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Galvez said the country received the biggest delivery from the COVAX facility for having delivered 7.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

This is composed of 6.4 million doses of Pfizer vaccine as donations from the United States government and 844,800 from the German donation.

“The German ambassador told us that they will add more to make it 1.6 million AstraZeneca [as] donation,” Galvez added.

Another 2 million vaccine doses will be given by the US totaling approximately 18 million delivered though the COVAX facility.

The vaccine czar said that the arrival of 20 million vaccine doses this month is the biggest so far, surpassing September deliveries of 19 million doses.

“So, the achieving of 100 million doses delivery before the end of October is on track. And right now, the supply is not anymore an issue. We have more than 38 million doses in our warehouses,” he said.

The official noted the efforts contributed by the World Health Organization and the UNICEF for the significant deliveries made by the COVAX facility.

“It already accounted for 24.3 million doses and the majority of which are coming from the US donation. Total na po ng US natin ngayon 16 [million doses], plus iyong promise po na additional sa 18 [million] and other countries are expected to donate this October,” Galvez added. —/mbmf

Over 682K Moderna vaccine doses arrive in Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the country Tuesday morning, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment contains a total of 682,360 vaccine doses procured by the Philippine government.

Since February, the country has received over 130 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccine brands.

The latest shipment is expected to be used in the inoculation of booster doses for senior citizens and selected immunocompromised individuals.

As of November 22, a total of 33,847,741 individuals have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease, according to government data.

Booster shot, third dose para sa mga senior citizen, immunocompromised, inumpisahan na

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Inumpisahan na ng pamahalaan ngayong araw ng Lunes ang pagbabakuna ng booster shot para sa mga senior citizen o nasa A2 category.

Third dose naman ang sinimulan nang ibigay sa mga nasa A3 category na immunocompromised.

Batay sa guidelines na inilabas ng Department of Health (DOH) para sa mga nasa A3 category, limitado pa lamang ito para sa mga may sakit gaya ng HIV, cancer, transplant patients, may immunodeficiency at mga pasyente na sumasailalim sa immunosuppressive treatments.

Payo ng DOH sa mga immunocompromised, maiging kumonsulta muna sa kanilang mga doktor at alamin kung anong brand ang nararapat nilang ipabakuna bilang third dose.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, ito ay para matukoy kung ano ang brand na aakma sa kanilang medical condition.

“Ang mga may comorbidity must always consult with their physicians. They cannot make this unilateral decision on their own. They have to consult with their physician para ma guidance,” ani Duque.

Sa guidelines ng DOH, maaaring mamili ng brand ang mga senior citizen at immunocompromised para sa ikatlong dose ng bakuna.

Pero para naman sa head ng vaccine expert panel ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) na si Dr. Nina Gloriani, maari pa ring magpabakuna ang mga senior citizen ng kaparehong brand ng kanilang naunang dalawang dose.

Isa si Gloriani sa nabakunahan kanina ng booster shot sa ceremonial vaccination sa East Avenue Medical Center.

Sinovac ang ipinaturok nito na booster shot na kapareho rin ng kanyang unang dalawang dose.

Habang Pfizer vaccine naman ang ipina-booster shot ni Doctor Jaime Montoya ng DOST, na bakunado ng Sinovac sa kanyang primary series.

Payo naman ng DOH, sa mga senior citizens na pasok rin sa kategorya ng immunocompromised, makakabuti rin kung magpapakonsulta muna sila sa kanilang doktor bago magpabakuna ng booster shot.

Muli namang nagpaliwanag ang ahensya hinggil sa pagkakaiba ng booster shot at third dose na ibinibigay sa mga fully vaccinated na laban sa COVID-19.

“The booster dose simply means you are giving it to a group of individuals who have received the primary series. Halimbawa, Sinovac, the assumption is they will reach a level o adequate antibody protection,” ani Duque.

“But over time that protection wanes. That’s why you want to boost it with the third vaccine. Now, third dose will be particularly for the immunocompromised, people who never really reach an adequate level of antibody protection. You’re giving 3rd dose in the hope they will respond better with the 3rd dose,” dagdag nito.

Samantala, hindi pa masabi ng DOH sa ngayon kung kailan mag-uumpisa ang pagbibigay ng third dose sa iba pang nasa A3 category maging sa general population.

Gayuman, siniguro ng pamahalaan na may sapat ng supply ng mga bakuna ang bansa para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagbibigay ng booster shots.  /mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

PH receives over 600K Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said Friday.

In a statement, the NTF said the shipment containing a total of 609,570 doses arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday night.

The latest shipment of Pfizer jabs is part of the 40 million vaccine shots procured by the government, it added.

To date, a total of 129,053,970 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Philippines since February.

Government data showed that as of November 17, a total of 72,763,442 of vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, of which 40,179,796 Filipinos have already received their first dose while 32,581,158 individuals are now fully vaccinated.

The government aims to fully vaccinate 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year, the NTF said.

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