By: Elena Grace Flores
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Pfizer COVID Vaccine Brings Hope : Ends Vaccine Trial Eith 95% Efficacy
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Philippine President agrees to pay drugmakers in advance. This is to secure millions of COVID-19 shots. He also approves an executive order. So, vaccines approved overseas for emergency use, can be utilized in the Philippines. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a press conference. This explains why there are reports that some medical professionals already got their first dose. Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine requires two doses.
The People’s Welfare is First
The Philippines hasthe second highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Southeast Asia. It aims to procure an initial 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This is to ensure at least a quarter of its 108 million population. Carlito Galvez, a former general who leads the country’s task-force to tackle the pandemic said; the government was in talks with several vaccine makers. Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc. most especially over possible supply deals.
Budget is Enough for Early 2021 Mass Distribution
Duterte assures the public that the budget is sufficient to purchase vaccines. However, he wants a bigger supply in order to inoculate the entire Philippine population. Galvez also added that the vaccines could start arriving between May and July next year. The bulk is likely to come by the end of 2021 or early 2022.