Galvez: Private firms helping gov’t in COVID vaccine supply

 By Deighton Acuin

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The Philippines would pull through the coronavirus pandemic as both private an public institutions are working together, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Wednesday.

In President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People, Galvez mentioned several firms helping in vaccine supply chain management.

“Palagay ko Mr. President, in short, kaya po natin. Kaya po natin kasi tulong-tulong po ang private sector at ang public sector,” Galvez said.

Service providers and pharmaceutical companies bought a mobile freezer worth $15,000 to augment the transport of vaccines.

“Actually bumili po sila ng tig $15,000 na refrigator na parang freezing ano, mobile freezer, at ‘yun po ay makakapag-karga ng mga more or less ilang hundred thousand na vaccines,” he said.

Tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. would also get Moderna vaccines from Spain, according to Galvez.

"'Yung moderna, nag-negotiate din po kami kahapon ng umaga at positive din po. At nangako si Sir Enrique Razon na siya na ang kukuha sa Spain ng mga supplies, pro bono. Ang kaniyang mga barko atsaka kaniyang mga airplane ang kukuha para dalhin po dito sa atin ang vaccine," Galvez said.

"Nangako rin po si Sir Enrique Razon na kakalapin niya ang mga business sector para makakuha ng at least, at a minimum, mga three to five million na doses para sa ating mga workers at donations po sa government," Galvez added.

The vaccine official added they will create a synchronization matrix for vaccine rollout.

“So ang gagawin lang po natin is gagawa po tayo ng magandang chart atsaka ‘yung synchonization matrix. I-syncrhonize lang natin na pagka-dating, agad i-deploy natin,” the vaccine czar said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, meanwhile, said the health department is making arrangements among third party logistics providers.

“Sila po ang magsasagawa ng mula brokerage to storage, warehousing, hauling, and distribution. So end to end po ang gagawin nilang distribution and deployment system,” Duque said.

“At kakayanin po natin ito… kahit na ano pong temperature ang kinakailangan kasi iba’t ibang bakuna, iba’t iba pong temperatura ang kinakailangan,” the health chief added.


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