Philippines to get COVID shots amid fear of vaccines

  • Page Views 489
  • The Philippines expects to get its first batch of around one million COVID-19 vaccine shots in February.

    This was revealed Wednesday (January 27) by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr.

    Galvez said that he was negotiating with pharmaceutical firms to get 200,000 to 500,000 doses from UK’s AstraZeneca for health workers, 500,000 shot from Chinese firm Sinovac, and an unspecified number from Pfizer of the U.S.

    Galvez told a media briefing of the government’s plan for an “early rollout this February”.

    Several other countries have already started their respective vaccination programs.

    The vaccine rollout will begin amid widespread fears among Filipinos about vaccines.

    Memories of a dengue vaccine that were tied to deaths are putting people off the idea of immunisation.

    Government officials acknowledge they have an uphill struggle to persuade many people to take the COVID-19 vaccines.

    Department of Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said in a report that the government assures the people that the vaccines went through a strict process of testing.

    Confidence in vaccines was affected by the experience with French company Sanofi’s dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

    Dengvaxia was rolled out in 2016 to more than 800,000 children. It was later banned in the Philippines.

    A Reuters report recalled that two congressional enquiries were made and more than 100 criminal cases that linked child deaths to the anti-dengue shot were initiated, but such links have never been proved.

    Sanofi has said Dengvaxia is safe and effective. It also said that the vaccine has been approved for use by the U.S. and European Union.

    The Philippines plans to inoculate 70 million adults in 2021.

    An opinion poll showed fewer than a third of Filipinos were willing to get shots of the COVID-19 vaccines.

    The Philippine government is working to lock in 148 million doses.

    These shots will come from seven vaccine makers, on top of 40 million shots that will come from the Covax Facility, a global initiative that aims to ensure equitable access to the vaccines.

    “We hope to seal deals within this month or early February,” vaccine czar Galvez said.

    The Philippines has recorded 516,166 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of January 26, 2021.

    The numbers include 30,357 active infections, 10,386 deaths, and 475,423 recoveries.


    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 13 May 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Duterte vs Pacquiao: No fight, say political insiders

      It started on May 3 when Senator Manny Pacquiao, a known ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said that he finds Duterte’s recent stance lacking on reported Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea. “Sa akin, nakukulangan ako, nakukulangan ako kumpara doon sa bago pa siya tumakbo, nage-eleksyon pa lang. ...

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Your census.Your community.Your future.

      Census information is used to plan programs and services in your community. Complete your census now!   Related

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Applications open tomorrow for new pathway to permanent residency for essential temporary workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution

      Ottawa—Last month, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. This special public policy will grant permanent status to ...

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Canada first country to approve Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-old kids

      Canada has become the first country to approve the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Until Health Canada’s announcement of its approval Wednesday (May 5), the Pfizer vaccine was approved only for people 16 years and older. Health Canada has ...

    • 07 May 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      ABS-CBN marks 1 year shutdown – ‘Andito kami para sa’yo’

      Several Kapamilya stars took to social media to recount the harrowing experience of witnessing ABS-CBN going off air after the government issued a cease and desist order against the network exactly a year ago. On May 5, 2020, ABS-CBN signed off from free television and radio broadcast, a day ...

    %d bloggers like this: