The government targets to immunize an initial 20 million Filipinos once the vaccine for Covid-19 is available in the country, according to National Policy against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
Galvez said the initial 20 million includes front-liners and those in vulnerable sectors. The government has formed a task group on vaccination composed of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Health (DOH).
Galvez noted that there are vaccine developers who are now conducting Phase 3 of clinical trial which potentially treats the dreaded disease. He, however, said President Duterte wants to vaccinate all Filipinos against the respiratory disease.
He said the country is now planning for the ‘quadrant’ trials, and the most probable trials may be held before the end of the year and the earliest vaccination will be in March while the latest is May 2021.”
Galvez said the NTF is now preparing for the huge logistic requirement of the Covid-19 vaccine and the government is now working to establish various cold chain warehousing services for the vaccine storage.
Of the 20 million people, Galvez said each person will get two shots of the Covid-19 vaccine, making it 40 million shots, initially.
The government targets to run a pre-trial vaccination in the country. “We want to see the volume of preparation if we will have that 20 million vaccines,” he said.
Under Phase 3, the critical stage of the clinical trial, thousands of patients have to be inoculated with the potential vaccine to test its safety and efficacy. The Phase 3 clinical trial is the final step before approval for the mass rollout.