Vaccine rollout to ‘normalize’ as supply comes in

    National Task Force for COVID-19 chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr is expecting the bulk of coronavirus vaccine supply to arrive starting today.
    About 3.2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac coronavirus vaccines are to arrive today. They are part of the 11 million total doses expected to arrive this June.
    By 14 June, Secretary Galvez says, as more shipments arrive, shortages in local governments outside Metro Manila will be resolved. Cold storage facilities in Markina City have been prepared to temporarily receive these shipment before they are transported to their destinations.

    MANILA — A million doses of CoronaVac by Sinovac will arrive today at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 aboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J671. The storage facility in Markina City is ready to receive vaccines for temporary storage before they will be shipped out to their respective destinations across the country.

    The Government will deploy the lion’s share of 11 million doses for this month, says Secretary Galvez, to different provinces. Local government units may resume their respective rollouts, which had been stalled by shortage in supply of jabs.

    “What’s going to be retained in Metro Manila are more or less 30 to 40 percent and more than 60 percent will go outside. So what we’re seeing is maybe six million will be deployed outside (Metro Manila),” he says.

    On Tuesday, official reports show that the country was able to inoculate 218,000 more individuals “despite the lack of supply.” A total of 6.4 million doses have already been administered with 1.6 million individuals receiving full vaccination. According to officials, the numbers are expected to rise as vaccines arrive.

    The National Task Force chief expects 12 million doses to arrive next month and about 17 million more by August.  (LO/The MiNT)

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