VACCINE Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez today is looking at a possible reopening of the economy once the national vaccination target reaches the halfway mark.
The government plans to inoculate at least half of the country’s 110 million population.
Interviewed on television, Secretary Galvez cited figures released by the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel showing a radical drop on the number of daily infections after being able to vaccinate 30 percent of their population.
“Nakikita natin ‘yung threshold kapag nakuha natin ang 30 percent, we can open up some restrictions and then 50 percent, we can open up fully our economy,” Galvez said.
But still, Galvez said the government would have to pursue its target of administering complete doses to 70 percent of the country’s population by the end of the year.
“Ang target pa rin namin, kaya pa rin ang 70 percent ng ating population by end of the year,” he added.
The Department of Health (DOH) recently claimed in a report that more than 1.2 million individuals have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of May 30 or barely three months after the government started its vaccine rollout.
The DOH said a total of 5,180,721 doses have been administered nationwide based on a seven-day moving average of daily vaccinated individuals of 144,402.
Interestingly, only 3,974,350 individuals have had their first dose.