Galvez claims that there is no vax hold-up in the private sector.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, the Chief Implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, stated on Wednesday that the hounding problem spreading online that the government is holding up vaccine supplies meant for the private sector is “untrue.”
Galvez, who is also the Philippines’ vaccine czar, said the Philippines has acquired a total of 20 million doses of Moderna vaccines, with 13 million bought by the government and 7 million procured by different private businesses via the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).
He claimed that 249,600 of the 13 million pills bought by the government were originally delivered in June.
The vaccinations purchased by the private sector will arrive in the third quarter of this year, according to a separate supply deal with the Moderna business.
“However, because of the Philippines’ excellent bilateral relations with the US, we were able to propose that Moderna give a part of their initial delivery to the private sector.” “It was then decided that they would get 49,600 doses from the initial shipment,” Galvez said in a statement.
According to him, the NTF even chose to supplement the private sector’s allotment of up to 50,000 doses, leaving just 150,000 pills for national government use.
In June, the private sector got a total of 99,600 Moderna vaccination doses.
“This is why we are concerned that the NTF and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases are being accused of preventing the private sector from procuring vaccines.” This problem, which has been spreading on the internet, is obviously pushed by malevolent people who want to sabotage the country’s vaccination deployment,” he added.
The allegation is “obviously false, unjust, and furthest from the truth,” according to Galvez.
Galvez said the only objective is to guarantee a successful vaccine rollout countrywide, citing good cooperation between the government and the business sector.
“We would want to highlight that the national government and the private sector have been working hand-in-hand even before the vaccine rollout to guarantee that we will be able to deliver these life-saving vaccinations into the hands of as many Filipinos as possible,” he added. “We recognize the significance and necessity of immunizing our critical employees and economic front-line workers. This is why, on June 7, we began the immunization campaign for this industry.“
Galvez said that the effort to supplement the private sector’s vaccine supply aims to speed up the national vaccine rollout, since additional businesses have shown interest in activating their respective mega vaccination centers, potentially speeding up the vaccination program.
Over a million employees in the economy have been immunized.
According to him, approximately 1 million people from the A4 priority categories or economic employees had gotten Covid-19 vaccination injections.
“This is the beauty of teamwork and cooperation – the private sector offered vaccination facilities for their workers while the national government provided the required vaccinations,” Galvez added, promising that the relationship will continue until the private sector’s vaccine supply stabilized.
He bemoaned the fact that vaccine supplies are purchased in tranches by both the government and the commercial sector, thus “there is no fixed amount stated each batch since this may be influenced by other variables such as manufacturing and logistics,” he said.
Due to the limited vaccination supply, Galvez encouraged the private sector to use the first doses for personnel on the immunization program’s priority list, which includes healthcare professionals, elderly citizens, people with comorbidities, and employees who need to be physically present at work.
“We at the NTF are committed to ensuring that the vaccines procured by the national government, local government units, and the private sector are deployed and administered as quickly as possible so that we can achieve our goal of population protection this year and have a better Christmas,” he said.
There are no advertisements on immunization websites.
Meanwhile, Galvez has requested that political parties abstain from placing political advertising on vaccination locations.
Such actions, he warned, might be perceived by the public as a “political agenda to promote personal interests.”
“The National Task Force Against Covid-19 applauds the efforts of individuals and organizations in assisting in the execution of our National Vaccination Program by raising public awareness to reduce vaccination apprehension. In a second statement, Galvez added, “We would like to urge them to exercise restraint and abstain from putting advertisements on vaccination sites.”
Galvez believes that vaccination facilities, whether run by the federal government, local governments, or the private sector, should be used only for the immunization program.
“We would want to stress that the National Vaccination Program is the result of a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach,” he added.
He said that they are currently collaborating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government to investigate vaccination clinics that are allegedly being utilized as political machinery.
“This initiative should not be political in any way,” he said, “since its primary goals are to protect our people from illness, save lives, and restore a feeling of normality to our people while we rebuild our economy.”
Galvez encouraged lawmakers to refrain from abusing the immunization program for personal gain.
“May this serve as a warning to anyone who may be considering using our vaccination program for political advantage to refrain from doing so and instead devote their time, energy, and resources to encouraging our fellow Filipinos to receive the vaccine,” he added.