Galvez: Pfizer vaccine possibly first to be used in the country

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Philippine Star

National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Tuesday the vaccines produced by United States pharmaceutical firm Pfizer could be the first to be used in Philippines’ vaccination drive.

Galvez said he will conduct a meeting with COVAX facility – Gavi to discuss the early rollout of inoculation by second or third week of February.

“Baka mauna ang Pfizer because the COVAX Facility will be deploying early the rollout of Pfizer. So hinihintay din namin 'yun sa February,” he said in an interview on ANC.

Galvez made the announcement as he discussed another vaccination of 50,000 individuals that is also set next month, which he mentioned in a Senate inquiry on Monday.

He added the vaccines from COVAX Facility are free and can benefit around 20 million individuals.

“Natutuwa po kami dahil kasi 20 million people will be benefited from these free vaccines from World Health Organization, UNICEF, at ‘yung tinatawag na Gavi Facility,” Galvez said.