The country is aiming to vaccinate at least 90% of the country’s population against Covid-19 by February 2022 in preparation for the May national elections.
The government has started preparing for its second phase of vaccine procurement and is negotiating for more shots as well as booster jabs, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr said in a briefing on Wednesday.
Current talks with four companies involve an additional 90 million vaccines, and the procurement takes into consideration the May 2022 elections to select a new president, he said.
“We are... planning for the upcoming elections, and we need to finish vaccinating by February or at least 90% of the population,” he said.
“Before the elections, all Filipinos should be protected.
Galvez noted that the Philippines’ vaccine supply had started to stabilise and that demand for it was already being met.
The Philippines currently has stock of 23.75 million vaccine doses, which could sustain vaccinations for a month and a half.
The country is expecting 20 million more doses in mid-October.
“There are more deliveries than vaccinations, meaning there is enough supply that is coming,” Galves said. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN