Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez said that the Philippines has requested 5 million doses out of the 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the United States.
“Alam natin na kailangan din ng ibang bansa ang mga vaccines. Ang ano namin is kung mabigyan po tayo ng 3 to 5 million, maganda na po ‘yon,” Galvez said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Galvez said that majority of the request were AstraZeneca vaccines since the United States did not use the vaccines.
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Babe Romualdez said that the Philippines is among the recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine surplus as pledged by US President Joe Biden.
Galvez said that the US has already sent a letter to the Philippines indicating that the country will be among the priority countries for the donation.
“We are very hopeful na yung sa 80 million, malaki yung magiging share natin dahil alam ng US na talagang kailangang kailangan po natin,” Galvez said. (TDT)