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When will PH get enough COVID-19 vaccines? ‘I really don’t know,’ Duterte says

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 10:32 PM April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday admitted that he himself does not know when the Philippines would receive an ample supply COVID-19 vaccines.

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“Itong atin atin dito, wala pa tayo nakuha except for yung nakuha natin sa China,” Duterte said in a pre-recorded message.

(What we got so far are those from China.)

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The Philippines has also received vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.

Airport employees push a cart carrying first shipment of Covid-19 jabs at the Pristina International Airport on March 28, 2021. - Kosovo received on March 28, 2021 its first shipment of Covid-19 jabs which were delivered through the UN-backed Covax scheme to help poorer nations that had delays in reaching Balkan nations. The batch of 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine was delivered as Kosovo, like the rest of its Balkans neighbours, is fighting a significant surge in the number of coronavirus infections. (Photo by - / AFP)

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“Mayroon tayong nakuha at may darating pakonti konti. (We are receiving vaccines in trickles.) To our sadness, the stocks that are coming in are barely enough to inoculate the health workers. Sila man talaga ang priority.  Now, when will have that stock sufficient to vaccinate the people? I really do not know. Nobody knows,” Duterte added.

“Do not be afraid, government is working. Government is busy doing everything, not nothing. Government is trying to get the things fixed for all of us,” Duterte said,

In order to achieve herd immunity, the Philippines must vaccinate 70 percent of its population or around 70 million people.

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(Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government is targeting to vaccinate 50 million to 70 million individuals this year to give Filipinos a “better Christmas.”  

The country, however, has so far vaccinated only over 1 million individuals.

FIRST IN LINE Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, director of Philippine General Hospital, is first to receive the China-donated CoronaVac as the Philippines rolls out its vaccination drive on Monday. At right, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., head of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, joins government officials inoculated during simultaneous programs in several hospitals in Metro Manila. —PHOTOS COURTESY OFMANILA PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE AND PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS OFFICE

Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, director of Philippine General Hospital, is the first to receive the China-donated CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine last March 1, 2021.  At right, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., head of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, joins government officials inoculated during simultaneous programs in several hospitals in Metro Manila. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF MANILA PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE AND PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS OFFICE)

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