Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., through a press briefing that went live online on Thursday, February 25, 2021, revealed that the initial 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine, donated by China, are expected to arrive in the country on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
“Inaasahan na darating sa araw ng Linggo, itong Linggong pong ito ha, ang Sinovac kaya po excited na tayong lahat. Inaasahan po, at least ang pinaplano natin ay sasalubungin po ng mga opisyal ang pagdating ng mga bakuna,” said the spokesperson.
Roque added that the government is already well-prepared for the COVID-19 vaccines’ arrival. “Handa na po ang ating mga ospital, kasama na rito ang Philippine General Hospital (PGH),” he said.
During the same press briefing, Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi, the UP-PGH Medical Director, revealed that the UP-PGH has already released a statement that they will accept whatever vaccine that will come with an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Bago pa man nag-umpisa ang pagbabakuna ay naglabas na kami ng statement sa PGH na pangunguna ng administrasyon na kung anuman ang bakunang darating ay tatanggapin namin at ang aming batayan sa pagtatanggap nito ay ang EUA na ibibigay ng ating FDA,” said Dr. Legaspi.
“Because we all know that if the FDA gives any vaccine the EUA, the safety and efficacy are assured,” he added.
Moreover, Dr. Legaspi also disclosed that the UP-PGH already ready when it comes to the infrastructure and logistical requirements of vaccination. “Sa anumang infrastructure and logistical requirements ng pagbabakuna, reding-ready na po ang PGH in terms of the special refrigerators, even the freezers as well as the information technology requirement po ng pagbabakuna,” he stated.
Meanwhile, according to the Presidential Spokesperson, the order of prioritization will still be followed. “Una pa rin po dyan ang medical frontliners. Despite the EUA issued by the FDA, nilinaw po yan ni Dr. (Rolando Enrique) Domingo na hindi po ipinagbabawal na ibigay ito sa health professionals,” he said.
Watch the Press Briefing with Spokesperson Harry Roque
For more details, watch the press briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that went live on Thursday, February 25, 2021. You may watch from the start or start at 1:12 of the video to catch more information about the Sinovac Vaccines. Here’s the video:
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