The first batch of one million COVID-19 vaccine shots are expected to arrive next month.
Vaccine czar, Carlito Galvez, Jr. said he negotiated with pharmaceutical firms to receive 200,000 to 500,000 doses from the UK's AstraZeneca for health workers, 500,000 jabs from Sinovac, a Chinese firm, and an unspecified number of shots from US-based Pfizer.
Galvez mentioned, “more or less, ang ano po natin, magkakaroon po tayo ng (we will have an) early rollout this February. More or less, more than 1 million doses."
Immediate neighbors of the Philippines and several other countries have already begun their respective vaccination programs. To achieve herd immunity, The Philippine government aims to vaccinate up to 70 million people against the new coronavirus this year.
Galvez added that on top of 40 million shots that will come from the Covax Facility, they are working to secure 148 million doses from 7 other vaccine makers.
“We hope to seal deals within this month or early February,” he said.
Galvez also mentioned, "the government has yet to disclose the exact prices of the jabs. Authorities will bear the full details of the deals "in due time."
“We guarantee that there will be an utmost transparency and accountability in all our negotiations,” he added.