COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer under the COVAX facility will be arriving next month, says vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez.
Interviewed over the radio, Galvez said that the World Health Organization (WHO) assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Pfizer vaccines will be delivered soon. Asked to elaborate on what he meant by soon, the vaccine czar hinted at the month of April as the most probable period in which the Pfizer vaccines would arrive.
“Ang tingin po namin baka April na po ‘yung Pfizer kasi alam po natin na napakalaki ng demand ng Pfizer,” said Galvez who revealed that part of the letter sent by WHO hinted on certainty “for as long as the President signs the indemnification agreement.”
“Ang WHO po sumulat na po doon sa ating mahal na Pangulo at ina-assure niya po ang mahal na Pangulo na darating po ang Pfizer as promised by the Pfizer headquarters na under kay CEO (Mr. Albert Bourla),” added Galvez in reference to the expected 117,000 initial doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility.
Pfizer earlier committed to deliver their COVID-19 vaccines in February. The plan however fizzled out amid issues raised, specifically on the requirement of an indemnification clause which would spare manufacturers of any legal liability in the event that the doses cause severe adverse health effects on the patients.