‘Hindi na masama,’ Galvez says on starting vaccination by February

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Canadian Inquirer

Not bad for the Philippines to start the COVID-19 vaccination by February even rich countries already started its rollout, National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Tuesday.

“Nakita po natin 'yung February na target is hindi na po masama ‘yun,” he said in an interview on ANC television.

“’Yung mga nag-inoculate po ngayon nakita po natin 'yung mga rich countries at saka po 'yung tinatawag natin merong close ties sa mga vaccine manufacturers kasi they also paid during the development,” he added.

Galvez pointed out having delay in starting the inoculation drive is an opportunity for the country to look over its lapses and shortcomings as other countries started the program for its constituents.

“Huwag po tayong magmadali kasi nga po mas maganda po 'yun at least ma-delay tayo ng kahit isang buwan  kasi makakapag-prepare tayo nang maayos,” Galvez said.

Coronavirus vaccines from United States pharmaceutical company Pfizer will be the first brand to be used in country’s vaccination.

Galvez said he will meet with the COVAX Facility – Gavi on Tuesday to discuss the early rollout of the vaccination in either the second or third week of February.

Aside from this, the government is also expecting by the same month that at least 50,000 Filipinos will be vaccinated against COVID-19 using Sinovac vaccines.


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