Manila - 70% of Metro Manila’s population could be vaccinated this year, an expert from the OCTA Research Team said.
“I think the total population dito sa three areas na ‘to will be almost half of the Philippine population,” Professor Guido David said in Dano Tingcungco’s report on “24 Oras Weekend”.
David added, “the advantage of that we have some of the more modern health facilities here, and we have a local government system that is well structured."
To achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, the national government aims to vaccinate 70% of the Philippines' population.
However, David refuted this matter, saying that this cannot be done in a year since there are several things to consider like the transportation, storage, distribution, and keeping track of those vaccinated.
“That is a bit, a little optimistic, I believe. But I think maybe we can’t get 70 million in one year. Bakit? Because there will be logistic nightmares to consider,” David said.
He also added, “hindi lang naman having sufficient supply will be the solution. It will be done at the LGU level so it depends on the logistics of the local government."
But David also pointed out that this may change while the government polishes its inoculation program.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said COVID-19 vaccines may arrive this week. The Philippines aims to secure 146 to 148 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.