2 Brands of COVID Vaccines May Arrive In February According To DOH
The Department of Health announced earlier on Monday that two COVID-19 vaccines may arrive in the country as early as February.
In her interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario said:
“May portfolio po tayo na iba’t ibang mga bakuna (We have a portfolio of different vaccines) and as early as February we might be receiving the deliveries of these vaccines.”
The DOH Undersecretary however did not disclose the type of vaccines, she advised to instead wait for further information from the vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. In addition, she explained that only the vaccine czar is authorized to provide specific information.
So far, the Philippines have signed a deal closed a deal with the following vaccine manufacturers:
- Serum Institute of India for 30 million doses of the Covovax COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines will be available by the third quarter of 2021.
- British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca through a tripartite agreement with a local private firm for 2.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Their vaccines are expected to arrive by the second quarter of the year.
Meanwhile, quite a number of government units have also signed agreements with the national government and AstraZeneca for the supply of the inoculation shots. In addition, the government is still in talks with other vaccine manufacturers such as Pfizer and Moderna of the United States, Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm of China, and the Gamaleya Institute of Russia for the vaccination program.