PH Government Speaks on Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines

PH GOVERNMENT – The Philippine government denied that there is favoritism in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines base on brands.

Countries are currently in the process of vaccinating the people against COVID-19. One of those that are in the pursuit for population protection is the Philippines which has recorded over 1.2 million cases of coronavirus now.

It was in 2020 when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic after it rapidly spread across nations. Widespread community quarantine measures were also implemented.

In fact, the whole Philippines is still under community quarantine measures now amid the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The whole Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) now with heightened measures.

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PH Government Spokesman Harry Roque
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Amid the vaccination program, several COVID-19 vaccine brands arrived in the Philippines. Among these are AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Sinovac. The top priority are the frontliners in the healthcare industry.

The next in line in the vaccination ladder are the senior citizens followed by individuals who have co-morbidities. Previously, PH government expressed that healthcare workers have the freedom to choose their preferred vaccines while those in other priority lines will go back to the end of the line in case they refuse the vaccine brand available.

The PH government denied that there is favoritism in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine brands. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, presidential spokesman Harry Roque cited that temperature is one of the considerations in the rolling out of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Philippines is expecting to receive Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the United States. In the third quarter of 2021, it also expects to receive Novavax from India.

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