MALACAÑANG warded off allegations that it has been favoring areas insofar as deployment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines is concerned.
“Pfizer is being distributed in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao because they have the sub-zero storage needed,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a briefing.
According to Roque, the deployment of the vaccines developed by the United States, largely depends on the availability of a cold storage facility that has a capability to freeze at -40 degrees Celsius.
“This is not playing favorites. Realidad lang po iyan because Pfizer is made for First World country condition…I think the requirement is at -40 degrees Celsius and storage facilities for that are in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao so that is the destination of Pfizer,” Roque added.
The Philippines now boasts of eight million jabs – five million of which are China-made. Pfizer supply, however, was placed as less than 200,000 doses all coming in the form of donation via the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. earlier said that the Philippines bought 40 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, but the delivery date is yet to be determined.
Based on the evaluation of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer-BioNTech has an efficacy rate of 95 percent on study population and 92 percent across all races.