Philippines Looks to Overcome Vaccine Distribution Hurdles
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines is no longer an issue, but vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. also admitted that distribution remains a challenge seven months into the national vaccination program. Galvez said the country has so far received over 20.2 million doses this month alone. It is the biggest vaccine delivery compared to previous months, according to him. It included some 7.3 million doses from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.
“Right now, supply is not anymore an issue,” Galvez noted. “We have more than 38 million doses in our warehouses.” However, the government’s immunization program is being tested in terms of logistics in distribution of COVID-19 shots, he said. Galvez explained around 39 million doses remain in the country’s stockpile.
The chief implementer of the National Task Force against COVID-19 said they are addressing this after they observed that deployment of vaccines from warehouses to the inoculation site takes seven to nine days.