In an effort to further bolster the country’s hastening vaccination campaign, National Task Force Against Covid19 (NTF) and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. has announced that the Philippines has signed the purchase order for an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid19 vaccine.
This tops up the previous 40 million acquired by the national government earlier this year, creating a supply of 60 million life-saving jabs for the country until next year.
Galvez also stated that negotiations with other manufacturers are underway in order for authorities to meet the targeted 90 million vaccine dose supply for 2022.
The additional 20 million will be allotted for the booster shots of frontline medical workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, as well as the pediatric inoculation program that launched in October.
With the large procurement deal signed, Pfizer is set to become the most abundant Covid19 vaccine available in the country once the supplies arrive.
Pfizer is also among the list of vaccines with emergency use authorization (EUA) granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the country to supply boosters as well as pediatric jabs.
Moderna is the only other Covid19 vaccine with EUA for pediatric inoculation, which covers those aged 12 to 17.
As of November 30, a total of 33% of the country’s total population has been fully vaccinated against Covid19, though this is still short of the targeted 70% needed to achieve nationwide herd immunity.
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