ANOTHER round of COVID-19 vaccines are said to be arriving this month, according to the country’s vaccine czar, specifically coming from pharma firm Pfizer.
Sec. Carlito Galvez hinted that around 2.2 million jabs of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be delivered to the country by June 11.
The fresh delivery is looked at to help ramp up the national vaccine rollout, which many believe is still running at a slow pace.
“At ngayon ano po June 11 ay ia-announce ko na po na ‘yung 2.2 million ay darating po dito ngayon sa ating bansa. At ito po ay… diretso na po sa mga bayan natin sa Cebu, sa Davao, at saka dito sa Metro Manila,” Galvez said during a Palace briefing.
Galvez is apparently referring to the Pfizer branded jabs which were supposed to arrive in the country last month.
Galvez also hinted at the country reaching a point when the Philippine supply of COVID-19 supplies are expected to stabilize, adding that they are expecting a minimum of two million doses regularly delivered every month.
“Yung vaccine supply natin will be stabilized on the month of July, lalo na ‘yung AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinovac, at saka Sputnik,” he said.
Interestingly, Galvez, in an earlier statement, claimed that the Philippines stand to receive at least 3.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – and not two million as he has now been saying.
Since the vaccine roll-out started on March 1, the government has only been able to fully vaccinate around 1.2 million individuals, which is even lower than the total number of recorded COVID-19 cases in the country.