The Philippine government has assured Filipinos that there are enough funds for the procurement of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.
“Absolutely, we do have enough funds for the target number of doses and number of vaccinations with everything, all in na po ‘yun — services, ancillary, supplies, and equipment, etcetera,” National Task Force on COVID-19 Vice Chairperson Vince Dizon said in a media briefing.
Dizon said that the government has allocated some PHP82.5 billion for the purchase of the vaccines and these include 40 billion from different agencies, 20 billion from domestic sources and 12.2 billion from bilateral agreements.
“I think what needs to be pointed out na hindi masyadong napaguusapan when we talk about the cost of vaccine, we really need to compare the cost of the vaccine and the vaccination program to the cost of living in a situation with COVID-19, preventing our economy from fully functioning,” Dizon said.
“Kung ang cost halimbawa ng total vaccination program natin ay sabihin na nating P80 billion, kailangan nating intindihan ‘yung P80 billion na ‘yun. Ano ba ang cost na hindi tayo magbabakuna at tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang hirap ng ating mga kababayan at ng ekonomiya,” he added.
The government hopes to vaccinate 50 to 70 million Filipinos this year against COVID-19.
He also said that the government will also secure 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India’s CovoVax.
The country also secured some 25 million doses of Sinovac from China. The first 50,000 doses are set to arrive on February 20.
The government is also negotiating with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. (TDT)