Philippine ambassador to the United States (US) Jose Manuel Romualdez has announced that the country will be among the first to receive a considerable amount of Covid19 vaccines from the US’ donation initiative.
A total of 80 million doses is set to be distributed by the US among ally nations in dire need of the shots, with no ulterior motive nor expected return of investment, according to Romualdez.
The number of Covid19 vaccines that the Philippines will receive from the international aid is yet to be determined, but is welcome all the same to bolster local inoculation efforts as essential workers classified under the A4 vaccination category are now the priority.
However, with only 1.5% of the country’s population fully vaccinated as of June 7, the national government continues to move at a snail’s pace towards the goal of achieving herd immunity by November.
Experts have determined that in order to inoculate the number of Filipinos needed for herd immunity, an average of 350,000 to 500,000 jabs must be administered daily.
In related news, Covid19 vaccine doses procured by private sector groups are also expected to arrive in the country by the middle of the month, further enhancing the local supply.
Since the pandemic’s beginning back in March of last year, a total of 1,286,217 Covid19 infections have been recorded in the country.