The 600,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines scheduled for Sunday will not be brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.
This is what Health Secretary Francisco Duque III amid preparations for the expected arrival of the country’s first coronavirus vaccine.
“Pagbaba (ng eroplano) ilalagay sa 40-footer container vans na refrigerated ng 2 to 8 degree. Dadalhin yan nang may escort para di maantala… sa DOH strage facility sa Marikina,” said Duque in an interview with TeleRadyo.
According to the secretary, the storage facility has a capacity of 500-million doses of vaccine so there will be no problem in storing the Chinese vaccine.
Under the Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 vaccines, vaccines that require 2 to 8 degrees and -20 degree celsius can be taken to RITM or the DOH rented private warehouse.
After that, it will be taken to regional warehouses, which will be distributed to the city and provincial health offices. This was followed by a decrease in supply to implementing units such as hospitals.
“For vaccines requiring -70 degree to -80 degree celsius, the vaccines will be delivered from the supplier to a private centralized vaccine hub. And through a private distributor, the vaccines will be delivered to hospitals and medical centers with cold chain capacity to store the vaccines,” the plan stated.
Malacanang had earlier said that President Rodrigo Duterte would personally welcome the arrival of the Chinese vaccine at Villamor Airbase on Sunday, February 28.
The Sinovac vaccine is still in question because the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend that it target healthcare workers exposed to confirmed cases.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is still meeting to decide on the recommendation of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) on the use of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine.