195,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines expected in April — Galvez

THE Philippine government is expecting the arrival of 195,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines this April, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

During the Cabinet meeting late Monday, Galvez disclosed that the initial batch of Pfizer vaccines from the World Health Organization’s Covax facility will be delivered by the end of April once the agreements are settled.

“Sa ngayon po nabigyan po kami ng warning order na pagka natapos po namin ang legal na ano ng Pfizer baka dumating ang 195,000 na Pfizer galing po sa Covax (We were given a warning order that once we submitted all legal requirements, 195,000 of Pfizer vaccines from the Covax facility will be delivered),” Galvez said.

Galvez also said that some 2.4 million doses of Pfizer vaccines also from the Covax facility may be delivered “early” in the second quarter.

According to Galvez, close to 2 million vaccines doses are expected to arrive this April.

Some 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines and 20,000 doses of Gamaleya vaccines will arrive on April 22 while an additional 500,000 Sinovac vaccines and 480,000 Gamaleya vaccines will be shipped to the country on April 29, according to Galvez.

Pfizer earlier committed to deliver 117,000 vaccine doses to the Philippines through the Covax facility but the delivery was halted after the government failed to meet the demands of the pharmaceutical firm as regards the indemnification agreement which would provide that the government, not the vaccine manufacturers will be held liable for adverse effects due to the shots.

Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law providing for a P500 million national indemnity fund to compensate those who will experience adverse events after vaccination.

Republic Act 11525 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 provides immunity from liability for representatives of private entities, however it does not provide immunity from complaints arising from misconduct and gross negligence.