Duterte Admits PH Still Has Insufficient COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

Pres. Duterte Speaks on COVID-19 Vaccination Program in PH

DUTERTE – Amid the ongoing vaccination program against COVID-19 in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte admitted that the supply is still insufficient.

The Philippines is targeting the vaccination of 70 million Filipinos to achieve population protection against COVID-19. Several vaccine brands including Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and Sputnik V arrived in the country.

Some of the vaccine supplies in PH were donated by other countries. The national government also previously confirmed that the country borrowed money from the bank to purchase COVID-19 vaccines. A vaccination ladder is observed in the giving of the jabs.

The healthcare workers were the first ones to have been vaccinated against COVID-19. They are considered as the frontliners in the fight against the pandemic. The senior citizens and those who have co-morbidities were also given priority in the vaccination.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Photo: Philippine News

Metro Manila will be under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting August 6 until August 20. Meanwhile, amid the hard lockdown, the vaccination will continue thus those who are set to receive their vaccine will be allowed to go out provided they would present a proof like their vaccination card.

However, amid calls to intensify the vaccination in the Philippines, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte admitted that the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine is insufficient. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Chief Executive stressed that the national government wants all the places to be given a supply but what the country currently has is not enough.

“Unahin lang natin ang mga mainit na lugar na marami tao. More persons, more transmission, less crowd, less transmission,” Pres. Duterte said.

The President assured that the Philippines has the money to purchase COVID-19 vaccines as soon as supplies would come in. According to him, the vaccines will be distributed to LGUs including the far-flung areas. Currently, around 20 million doses were administered to the people – 11.7 million got their first dose and around 9.1 million have received their 2nd dose.

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