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PH to buy 100M Covid shots in ’22 – Galvez

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National Task Force against Covid19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. has said that the Philippines aims to get up to 100 million vaccine doses in 2022.


“We will buy more or less 90 to 100 million doses,” Galvez said at a press briefing.


He added that talks are ongoing at the moment with four drug manufacturers. The government is already preparing to sign a contract with Johnson & Johnson for six million shots of their Covid19 vaccine. The estimated delivery time frame for that is January 2022.


At present, the Philippines has administered 46.2 million vaccine doses out of the 77.4 million or so doses that’s been received by the country so far. In terms of fully vaccinated members of the population, the figure is at roughly 28%. That comes to at least 21.7 million people, Galvez shared.


With the way the vaccine rollout is going, he added, it appears that at least 50% of Filipinos would be fully vaccinated by December against Covid19.

The government is also already looking into allocation of Covid19 vaccine doses for minors. Adolescents with comorbidities will likely start getting vaccinated against Covid19 by the 15th of this month.


“Those aged 12 and 17 – our count is 12.7 million will be vaccinated,” Galvez shared, “but because the number of our children population is more or less 26 to 29 million, we are allocating 60 million.”


Separate guidelines would be issued for the pediatric vaccination program, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. The vaccination for minors is to be done in phases, starting from six hospitals in the National Capital Region.
As of July 2021, the total population of the Philippines is at 109 million–at the very least.

Photo: Rappler


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