The Philippines is ready to start its COVID-19 vaccination by February 15. This has been revealed by Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Jr. through an online press briefing that went live on Monday, February 8, 2021, at the official Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) Facebook page.
“Ang sabi po ng COVAX Facility sa kanilang liham, it will be made available, it will come to us by mid February. Kaya nga po ang sinasabi ko, handang-handa na po tayo by mid February or February 15…” said Spokesperson Roque.
It was also bared during the press briefing that the first batch of the vaccines will be coming from Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca under an agreement with COVAX Facility. Furthermore, while there is no exact date yet for the vaccines’ arrival, Roque bared that it would only take a day or two to start the vaccination program once the first batch arrives.
“…ang sabi ng COVAX Facility mid February darating. So tayo handang-handa na tayo mag-start by February 15. So if it arrives and we only need a day or two naman to start the vaccination, we will proceed. Basta tayo po, regardless of when it actually arrives, we will be ready by February 15… wala pa pong exact date but even now we are 100% ready to start the vaccination campaign.”
– Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Jr.
Watch the Press Briefing with Spokesperson Harry Roque
Here is the online press briefing with Spokesperson Harry Roque that went live on Monday, February 8, 2021. Watch for more details on the COVID-19 vaccination as discussed by the Spokesperson.
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