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Chan sees big challenge in establishing COVID-19 vaccine storage facility

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan admits that one of the city’s biggest challenges in procuring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine would be the storage facility that would maintain the efficacy of the medicine. Chan said that an acceptable storage facility is of utmost importance since some vaccines need to […] The post Chan sees big challenge in establishing COVID-19 vaccine storage facility appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 15th, 2021

Ahong eyes tie-up with private hospitals for vaccine storage

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government will tie-up with private hospitals for storing the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, once the city will already receive an allocation from the national government. Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that he already discussed this plan with private hospitals situated in the city. “Tie-up ta ug private […] The post Ahong eyes tie-up with private hospitals for vaccine storage appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

Vaccine plan for Cebu City nearing completion

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government is now preparing for the arrival of the national government allotment of COVID-19 vaccines for the city. The city is finalizing the vaccine plan and is currently in talks with a storage facility on the island where the vaccines may be stored prior to distribution. Cebu City […] The post Vaccine plan for Cebu City nearing completion appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

Gov’t sets inspection of cold storage facilities

For COVID-19 vaccines The government will conduct an inspection starting next week of existing cold storage facilities as it prepares for another tripartite logistics suppliers agreement for an integrated shipment, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said this as he assured that inputs from the private logistics providers will be considered in organizing an end-to-end service for the vaccines’ rollout. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN) “Next week we will inspect all available cold chain storage. We are coordinating with a consortium so that they will make sure that all vaccines from 2-8-degree celcius to negative 70 will be taken care of,” he said. This developed as the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), told Manila Bulletin that the industry is still awaiting for the government to accept the industry’s offer to play a role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. CCAP is a multi-sectoral group of companies involved in the handling, storage, and distribution of chilled and frozen food, among other products.                Galvez assured that the logistics system for the vaccines will be in coordination with the vaccine suppliers, the cold storage provider and the government. Galvez explained the government has to establish an integrated logistics system for the vaccines to ensure there is no wastage of the new vaccines, which have different storage temperature requirement. “We have seen some reports that we have 30 percent wastage in some areas in Europe. With acute shortage of vaccines we cannot afford wastage,” he stressed. He further said that the cold storage facilities are part of their agreement with vaccine suppliers for an end-to-end service solution. The after sales service is part of this long commitment with the vaccine suppliers and as a requirement under the government’s universal health system. “We will make sure that the vaccine that will be coming here has an integrated coordination with vaccine maker, the local government units and the private sector so that includes after sales service,” he said. Meantime, the Go Negosyo which spearheaded the private sector donation drive “A Dose of Hope” said there are ongoing consultations to help Galvez in coming up with an integrated shipment, storage and distribution system for the vaccines. Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the private sector donors would rather live the logistics aspect to the vaccine supplier Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and the national government to ensure smooth implementation. Concepcion has secured 17 million doses from the private sector that are expected to inoculate 8 million Filipinos in June-July this year. Meantime, Royal Cargo Inc., one of the country’s leading logistics providers, has expanded its cold storage facility at its Paranaque head office so it can accommodate the different temperature requirements of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier, CCAP President Anthony Dizon said the Philippine government is yet to formally tap the country’s cold chain industry for the handling and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.            According to Dizon, the industry, “individually and collectively”, has more than enough capacity to participate in the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program.Right now, he said the cold chain industry’s total cumulative capacity stood at 500,000 pallet containers, while the initial 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will consume only less than 200 pallets.            “Our initial estimate is that even if we are called upon to play a role in the storage of the vaccine, it will constitute a small portion of our capacity,” Dizon said.“The industry is just waiting for the government to approach us,” he added.   In a previous report,. said the government is now in discussion with the private sector regarding the state-led distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.             “I’m thankful to the private sector for throwing their support to us, like what they did when we ramped up our testing capacity,” said Galvez.  On the part of CCAP, however, Dizon said no official dialogue has so far taken place between the organization and the government regarding this matter......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

38k AstraZeneca doses arriving today via COVAX

The government is expecting the arrival of an additional 38,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility today, March 7, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

Don’t waste the hope of vaccines, warns WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland  – Covax will distribute 14.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to 31 more countries next week, the WHO said Friday as it warned people not to waste, through complacency, the hope that vaccines bring. The Covax global vaccine-sharing facility shipped more than 20 million doses to 20 countries as the scheme aimed at ensuring […] The post Don’t waste the hope of vaccines, warns WHO appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

UK envoy pledges 23-million AstraZeneca doses for PH

British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce on Friday said the Philippines will receive as many as 23 million doses of Astra Zeneca’s vaccine against COVID-19 as part of the COVAX Facility within the year......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

Covax delivers, Rody vouches for AstraZeneca vaccines

President Rodrigo Duterte vouched for the efficacy of the available COVID-19 vaccines as he personally received the first batch of AstraZeneca doses through the COVAX Facility, a global vaccine-sharing initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO)......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

DOH-7 denies mayor injected with actual Sinovac during Lapu’s vaccine simex

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City on Wednesday, March 3, successfully conducted its simulation exercise for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine rollout. The activity, which spanned up to an hour, was led by Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan and under the supervision of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7). And both the city […] The post DOH-7 denies mayor injected with actual Sinovac during Lapu’s vaccine simex appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

No Pfizer, COVAX supplies sked yet

The vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility has yet to give a new schedule for the arrival of 525,600 COVID-19 doses from Britain's AstraZeneca, an official said on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

Chan: 10 Lapu-Lapu City hospital frontliners COVID-19 positive

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Ten more frontliners in Lapu-lapu City tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was confirmed by Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan and this time those tested positive are healthcare medical workers from the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital. “Ang nahitabo, naa tay mga frontliners nga naigo. Wala na lang gibutang nato sa facility, […] The post Chan: 10 Lapu-Lapu City hospital frontliners COVID-19 positive appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021

Ghana una sa libreng COVAX vaccine

Dumating na sa Ghana ang may 600,000 libreng COVID-19 bakuna ng COVAX Facility para sa mga mahihirap na bansa. The post Ghana una sa libreng COVAX vaccine first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021

Chan leads distribution of COVID-19 leaflets

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government has already started distributing leaflets containing information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine today, February 23, 2021. Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan led the distribution of the leaflets this morning at the Lapu-Lapu City Public Market in Barangay Poblacion. Chan said that the move aims to encourage […] The post Chan leads distribution of COVID-19 leaflets appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Arrest bogus vaccine dealers, DILG tells PNP

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be vigilant and arrest those selling or administering fake coronavirus vaccines. With the country preparing for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines from the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility, DILG Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and Undersecretary Bernardo C. Florece Jr. said […] The post Arrest bogus vaccine dealers, DILG tells PNP appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Gov’t sees possible delay in Sinovac vaccine’s arrival pending FDA’s go signal

The 600,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd. might not arrive on February 23 as earlier expected since state regulators have yet to approve it for local use, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. underscored in a news conference that the Chinese […] The post Gov’t sees possible delay in Sinovac vaccine’s arrival pending FDA’s go signal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Ahong wants non-medical essential workers as 2nd priority for vaccines

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City Government will request the Department of Health (DOH) central office to include non-medical essential workers as a second priority to receive the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that non-medical essential workers shall include tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, public […] The post Ahong wants non-medical essential workers as 2nd priority for vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Lapu to distribute leaflets containing COVID-19 info

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government will start distributing this week leaflets containing information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that they will be printing around 100,000 copies of the leaflets, to encourage Oponganons to participate in the government’s vaccination drive. Chan showed a copy […] The post Lapu to distribute leaflets containing COVID-19 info appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Private sector supports government COVID-19 vaccination program

With the impending arrival of the first batch of vaccines under the COVAX global vaccine sharing facility this month, the private sector coalition that launched Taskforce T3 (Test, Trace, Treat) vowed yesterday to strengthen its ongoing collaboration with the national government to accelerate the pace of the vaccination program rollout......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

UN Security Council to debate challenge of global vaccine access

At the initiative of Britain, which boasts of having an effective vaccination program, the UN Security Council on Wednesday will debate the problem of global access to COVID-19 vaccines, raising issues likely to underscore sharp differences between council members......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2021

COVID-19 updates in Davao: low vaccine registration, SPMC near full capacity

This week, local officials in Davao are making headways in preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine said to be arriving soon. But local health faces challenge in rising cases. We break down the updates and statements they have made this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021