Envoy: 56M COVID vaccine doses from United States to arrive in PH by May

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Ya Libyan News

Philippine Ambassador to United States Jose Manuel Romualdez announced Friday that at least 56 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from American companies are expected to arrive in the Philippines by May.

Romualdez said the vaccines will be delivered in the country through COVAX Facility — a global collaboration of experts and producers for faster development, manufacturing, and access to coronavirus treatments and vaccines. 

“Since May 2020, we have been reaching out to pharmaceutical companies here to secure immediate access to COVID-19 vaccine supply, a pathway to sustainable supply and even co-manufacturing the vaccine with Philippine entities, and I am happy to report that these [initiatives] have been fruitful,” Romualdez said at a virtual forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).

“We secured separate deals with Novavax, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson for 30 million doses, 20 million doses, and six million doses, respectively, and we see initial delivery as early as May,” Romualdez added.

Romauldez said the Filipino diplomats in US are also working to secure vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech via COVAX.

“On Pfizer, we are working on something and this could be done very soon thru COVAX facility,” he said.

The government already secured 17 million doses from British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, all funded by private sectors for donation.

Earlier, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government eyeing to inoculate 70 million individuals this year with an expected vaccination start in March.

Galvez also said the country also secured 148 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Bharat BioTech, Novovax, Gamaleya Institute, Johnson and Johnson, and Sinovac.