MANILA, Philippines —According to the Philippines' vaccine Czar, as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the country is anticipating about 2.3 million doses of vaccines by either the end of the month or early in April.
Sec. Carlito Galves Jr., the National COVID-19 task force chief implementor is looking forward to obtaining about 1.4 million more doses of the china-based SINOVAC vaccines, and almost about a million more from the UK-based AstraZeneca.
"Within this month or early April, 979,200 AstraZeneca (shots will arrive), with a total of 2,879,200 doses by March or early April," Galvez said.
On the other hand, amidst the criticism the country faces due to the slow rollout of the vaccination program starting the first of March, Duterte states that the Philippines have yet to have enough stocks of vaccine for everyone.
"Hanggang ngayon, wala pa tayong sobra (na bakuna). Ibig sabihin, walang dumating except those donated, iyong ginawang donasyon lang ng China at WHO. Walang bayad 'yun," the president said.
(Up until now, we don't have any extra vaccines. This means that nothing has yet to arrive except those that have been donated by China and WHO. Which were free.)
With the courtesy of Beijing and the COVAX facility, the Philippines received about 600,000 SINOVAC doses and at least more than 500,000 AstraZeneca shots this month. The COVAX, which is led by WHO, is an initiative that aims for equitable access to all vaccines.
Last Saturday, the country made its largest single-day increase of positive COVID-19 cases in more than 6 months. With a record of 5,404 new infectious this Monday, said to be the fourth highest report in just a day since the beginning of the pandemic.
Malacañang said that the government is not at fault for the massive increase of the cases despite the public criticism that states that it failed to stop the spread of the virus.
"The confirmation that the new variants are in the Philippines and that new variants are more contagious, this is one of the reasons for the surge-and not because the government is sloppy," Harry Roque, the Palace Spokesman said.
Source: ABS-CBN News