Inanunsyo ni World Health Organization Country Representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe na nakatakdang dumating sa bansa ngayong ikalawa o ikatlong linggo ng Pebrero ang 117,000 doses ng Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine mula sa COVAX facility.
“The COVAX has promised that they deliver approximately 117,000 doses within the second or third week of February. These vaccines will be Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines,” pahayag ni Abeyasinghe.
Bukod pa rito, inaasahan ding darating sa unang linggo ng Marso ang humigit kumulang 5.5 hanggang 9.2 milyong doses ng bakuna mula sa AstraZeneca.
Subalit nilinaw ni Abeyasinghe na under evaluation pa umano ang Emergency Use Listing ng bakunang gawa ng AstraZeneca sa World Heath Organization at tinatayang dalawa o tatlong linggo bago ito matapos.
“I am aware that the (Philippine) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has granted EUA (emergency use authorization) for AstraZeneca as a vaccine. But WHO still hasn’t granted an EUL (emergency use listing) for AstraZeneca,” ani Abeyasinghe.
Dagdag pa niya, “We are in the process of reviewing the vaccine portfolio. We believe that that will be completed within the next week or two. So, we are optimistic that the EUL status will be granted to AstraZeneca vaccine.”
Ayon din kay Abeyasinghe, sa panahong maaprubahan ang Emergency Use Listing ng AstraZeneca, mas mapapadali umano ang pagkuha ng bakuna ng bansa at kahit may ilan pang requirements na kailangang kumpletuhin, tiwala siyang magagawa ito sa lalong madaling panahon.
“We are looking potentially at up to a maximum of 9.2 million doses, coming through the COVAX facility. Already in February or March, April of this year. We are optimistic that the remainder of the 44 million doses will also come later on in the year,” paliwanag ni Abeyasinghe.
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