Gov t targets: 90M more doses, early Pfizer rollout

Gov t targets: 90M more doses, early Pfizer rollout.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesJan 13th, 2021

PH close to 145M doses, eyes earlier Pfizer rollout

PH close to 145M doses, eyes earlier Pfizer rollout.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Jordan to get 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses: health minister

Jordan has ordered one million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech novel coronavirus vaccine, with the first shipment expected at the end of January or early February, the health minister said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 29th, 2020

Hungary begins COVID vaccine rollout early

Hungary began vaccinating hospital staff on Saturday hours after receiving its first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus jabs and ahead of most EU countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020

Duque& rsquo;s consistency

We learned this week that the Philippines would have had the opportunity to get our hands on 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 as early as next month if only the Health Secretary acted with urgency on the administrative requirements of the arrangement with the United States government......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 19th, 2020

December vaccine rollout possible, BioNTech CEO tells AFP

BREAKTHROUGH Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE estimate they can roll out up to 50 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine this year, enough to protect 25 million people, and then produce up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021. —REUTERS Frankfurt, Germany — BioNTech co-founder Ugur Sahin on Thursday said the frontrunner COVID-19 vaccine his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

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: NewsJan 17th, 2021

So how much is the ‘kick-vac’?

Remember Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s charge that the Philippines had the opportunity (he arranged it) to contract with Pfizer for the delivery of vaccines as early as January this year—and that the government flubbed it? Somebody was talking about “kick-vacs,” but it couldn’t have been Pfizer bribing someone in the government, right? Why should […] The post So how much is the ‘kick-vac’? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

Galvez: Early rollout of vaccines through COVAX facility seen by February

Under COVAX, COVID-19 vaccines will be initially delivered equally to all participating countries, initially prioritizing health care workers then expanding to cover 20% of the population......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Opacity, audacity

There is much furor these days about vaccine doses that have supposedly been given to members of the Presidential Security Group, those men in perpetual close contact with President Duterte. Reports have it that they received the vaccine as early as September. Some privileged Cabinet members—and who knows who else in government—are also feeling more secure these days for having been inoculated, ahead of everybody else, against the dreaded virus......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 6th, 2021

Red Cross in talks with Pfizer, AstraZeneca for vaccines

The Philippine Red Cross is in talks with Pfizer and AstraZeneca for the procurement of at least one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for its nationwide inoculation program to help the country achieve herd immunity faster, Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

COVID-19 in 2021

I do not intend to rain on the parade over the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in several countries. Most experts, thought, still advise caution – and for good reason. Even those experts who have expressed optimism that the virus will most probably be tamed sooner than expected, at the earliest by June, have somehow pulled back. There is hope but “better safe than sorry” is the prevailing thread. Despite the expected acceleration of the global vaccination program with the addition of three or four more vaccines about to be issued emergency authorization authority (EUA) after those given to Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca, the guidance in most if not all countries remains: stay the course while moving forward......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Duterte says to end VFA if US can t deliver at least 20 million doses of vaccine

The president's latest pronouncement follows the supposed botched negotiations with the US drugmaker Pfizer for 10 million doses and as his administration faces criticism of lagging behind in the global race to secure doses. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020

Too many chiefs

For the nth time, Malacanang gave Health Secretary Francisco Duque a pass. Lucky guy. Maybe the Palace is right that what happened with the Pfizer vaccine is no big deal. What does it matter if the vaccine is delayed for six months? It only means that the virus will kill more Filipinos. Did the effort to procure 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for January 2021 fail because Secretary Duque dropped the ball? Duque denies it and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez is insisting that there is no fiasco because the negotiations are still on......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 25th, 2020

Dropping the ball

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. made clear on Twitter that in his view, “someone dropped the ball” on a deal with US pharmaceutical company Pfizer that would have shipped 10 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines by January 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2020

Alido targets card in Asian Tour restart

The former amateur standout fell two strokes short from earning a card for the region’s premier circuit in the grueling Q-School early this year but he said he’s has a “temporary status” for the Tour where he could play in some events......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2020

Vaccine deals inked by January

The Philippines, reeling under coronavirus infections and deaths since March, is looking at possible deals with various COVID-19 vaccine producers while US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has promised to help Manila get back a “fraction” of the 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Galvez: Gov’t to sign deal with Pfizer

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. on Saturday disclosed that the government will be able to sign a deal with Pfizer before the end of the year or early January following earlier reports of the botched coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine deal with the company. In a radio interview, the vaccine czar assured that the Philippine […] The post Galvez: Gov’t to sign deal with Pfizer appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 19th, 2020

EDITORIAL - Sans vaccine, boost testing

From what could have been delivery of 10 million doses this January, Filipinos hoping to get the COVID vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech will now have to wait until July at the earliest for the shots......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2020

‘Missed deal for Pfizer vaccine tragic, criminal’

It was “tragic and to an extent criminal” on the part of health officials to miss an opportunity to get 10 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by January just because of their slow action, Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

Duque: Pfizer deal does not secure 10M doses

Duque: Pfizer deal does not secure 10M doses.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020