2 COVID-19 Vaccines To Possibly Arrive In PH Next Month
2 COVID-19 VACCINES IN PH – The Philippines may have its first coronavirus vaccines in less than a month according to the Department of Health.
Since the announcement of the new vaccines, the Philippine government said it was ready for procurement. Although several issues were raised such as the allegedly botched Pfizer deal, it seems like the Philippines could have 2 vaccines by February.
Unfortunately, the DOH failed to disclose further information about the vaccines. During its weekly briefing, DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said the public should wait for the official announcement from Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, Vergeire said:
Meron hong 2 klase ng bakuna (There are 2 kinds of vaccine) that can be available by February already. Aantayin po natin si vaccine czar. I hope you understand he’s the one authorized to provide this kind of information
Meanwhile, the Philippines on Saturday, made a deal to procure 30 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine “Covovax” from the Serum Institute of India. Additionally, the national government and private firms also had a tripartite deal with AstraZeneca for 2.6 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine czar has long emphasized that the country would prioritize China’s Sinopharm vaccine. However, Sinopharm was recently tagged as the “most unsafe vaccine in the world”. According to a Chinese vaccine expert, Sinopharm listed 73 potential side effects of their vaccine on the manual.
But, if ever patients inoculated with the vaccine get these adverse symptoms, Shanghai-based vaccine expert, Tao Lina said they would not be entitled to compensation. He explained that the vaccines’ manual was a long disclaimer and that as long as the side effects are listed, the manufacturer won’t be liable.