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Nograles claims that ‘population protection’ will be feasible by the end of the year.

As the quantity of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccinations coming in the country continues to rise, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles expressed optimism that population protection would be accomplished before the end of the year.

Nograles stated during a virtual news conference ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the population protection goal by the end of 2021 is still feasible, given that the nation is anticipated to receive the largest vaccine delivery in July.

“So, in July, talaga magkakaroon ng spike ng vaccinations na darating. Ang ganda naman ng ide-deploy (We expect a surge in vaccine arrival in July and we will deploy the vaccines immediately). And it’s a great way to start the second half of the year, and we’re still optimistic that 50 million to 70 million Filipinos will have been vaccinated by the end of 2021,” Nograles added.

Carlito Galvez Jr., secretary of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 and vaccination czar, said on Tuesday that the country expects to receive a total of 16,205,240 doses this month.

Population protection will be “approaching” by the third quarter of this year, Nograles added, thanks to the growing vaccination stockpile.

“By the end of the third quarter, we would already be nearing ‘yung (the) population protection,” he said.

In order to safeguard the population from the current Covid-19 epidemic, the government plans to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year.

As of July 4, about 8,839,124 persons out of a total of 11,708,029 had gotten their first Covid-19 vaccination injection, with the remaining 2,868, 905 having been completely vaccinated.

‘Phase-by-phase’ strategy

Nograles said that the administration is adopting a “phase-by-phase” strategy to reopening the economy “gradually and securely.”

He said that government agencies are cooperating to allow Filipinos to return to their “normal way of life,” as it was before Covid-19 struck the nation.

More sectors are anticipated to begin operations by the third quarter of 2021, according to him.

“We’ll have greater confidence in expanding the economy and putting people back to work. “It will allow us to experience the) shift to the new normal,” Nograles added.

To assist more Filipinos to deal with the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Philippine government continues to relax quarantine restrictions.

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