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: 17th, 2021

No vaccines destroyed in blackout, says DOH-7

CEBU CITY, Philippines – All COVID-19 vaccines stored in cold storage facilities in Central Visayas were spared from damage when most parts of the region experienced a four-hour blackout on Friday evening, August 20. The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH-7), in a statement issued on Saturday, August 21, said there were no […] The post No vaccines destroyed in blackout, says DOH-7 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Region 7 has facilities fit for Sputnik V vaccines

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Group bats for more cold storage facilities

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Farmers need access to cold storage

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DOH plans to build cold storage facilities for possible vaccine

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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: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Casimero sets title defense

There’s no turning back for WBO bantamweight champion JohnRiel Casimero. A unification showdown with super WBA/IBF titlist Naoya Inoue was supposed to be held in Las Vegas last April 25 but the pandemic put it in cold storage then the Japanese got cold feet in the freezer......»»

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Improvement on facilities can spur logistics industry’s growth — report

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on all asset classes in the real estate sector, top professional services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) reports resiliency for the country’s logistics sector. JLL said the opportunities for the logistics sector stemmed from the growing cold storage demand and […] The post Improvement on facilities can spur logistics industry’s growth — report appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Chinese national naabo sa Davao

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ERC starts virtual inspection of NGCP facilities

The Energy Regulatory Commission has started virtual inspections on the transmission facilities of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines this month as part of the review on the grid operator’s compliance......»»

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ERC identifies erring power generation firms

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Choosing to be ‘choosy’

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DPWH completes 635 isolation facilities

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2021

Government urged to improve testing of China fish imports

An agricultural advocacy group is urging the government to accelerate the establishment of food inspection facilities for imports in the country’s major ports amid reports of excessive antibiotic use in Chinese fish farms......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

Mandaue City District Hospital receives 150 doses of Sinovac vaccine

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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2021

Pampanga sets up provincial, municipal vaccination centers

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The provincial government is setting up provincial and municipal vaccination centers that will be the center for operation in the mass vaccination of Kapampangans. According to Special Assistant to the Governor, Angelina Blanco, the centers will have a Planning Campaign Management and Technical Team, Cold Chain and Logistics Team, Coordination […] The post Pampanga sets up provincial, municipal vaccination centers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Valenzuela vax program ready

The City of Valenzuela is now ready to roll out its vaccination program for 320,000 residents once the vaccines against Covid-19 arrive in the country. According to Mayor Rex Gatchalian, they already have cold storage where the vaccines will be placed. They have also identified 17 sites to be used and have made an advance […] The post Valenzuela vax program ready appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021


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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

MetroPac Movers begins construction of its Sta. Rosa logistics hub

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