Last Saturday, May 15, health secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine chief Carlito Galvez Jr. signed the term sheet for 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
According to Galvez, majority of this procurement will go to the National Capital Region Plus bubble, consisting of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, given that this area has the highest concentration of Covid19 infections.
Around 21.8 million more vaccine doses are also expected by June’s end, which is reportedly enough to cover a portion of the government’s priority population.
With the contribution from COVAX facility of 44 million doses, the country’s total procurement comes to 158 million doses.
Sinovac and AstraZeneca deals are also underway, with supplies for local government units arriving soon. This month, 1.3 million doses from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute are coming, while 250,000 Moderna vaccine doses are to be delivered from the United States next month.
LGUs and the private sector are also eyeing to share some 30 million Novavax doses.
In light of the arrival of this substantial amount of vaccines, the DOH has ramped up its daily inoculation target to 120,000.