Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III announced that vaccines ordered by the private sector are set to arrive by the middle of the month and assured that they would pass through Customs without complications.
The brands procured include Moderna and AstraZeneca, while the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc. ordered 500,000 doses of Sinovac for essential frontliners.
The limited supply of vaccines mean that these shots cannot be sold or distributed commercially but dispensed based on the government’s prioritization plan.
The private sector was able to procure doses through a tripartite agreement with the government, necessary to ensure indemnification in the event of any adverse effects. The national government will cover the costs of any harmful effects via the P500-million Covid19 National Vaccine Indemnity Fund.
Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology has okayed two research and development projects to study the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines and the effect of mixing different brands on people. It will be led by the Philippine Society for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well as the University of the Philippines-Manila.