DOH holds delivery of bivalent vaccines from COVAX facility
The delivery of bivalent Covid-9 vaccines donated by the Covax facility has been put on hold as the contract is still under review, a health official said.
In a media forum, Department of Health Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice are still reviewing the agreement.
Earlier, the DOH said the 1,002,000 doses of Pfizer’s bivalent jabs would arrive by the third or fourth week of March.
“Kailangan maintindihan ng ating mga kababayan ‘yung clause na naka-include dito sa ating mga agreements would require for us to have indemnification, unang una. Pangalawa is immunity from liability, at ito po ang pinag-aaralan nang maigi para naman hindi natin nagi-give up ang ating mga karapatan bilang bansa,” Vergeire said.
She noted one of the more concrete ways to secure Covid-19 vaccines would be the stipulations under the proposed creation of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
The DOH is also coordinating with the Office of the President and other agencies to find other ways so the transaction could proceed.
As of March 16, more than 78.4 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated, including 7.2 million senior citizens, 10.2 million adolescents, and more than 5.6 million children.
More than 23.8 million individuals have received their first booster dose and almost 4.4 million have received their second booster shot. – PNA