The Philippines will continue to receive vaccine allotment from Covax for 20% or about 20 million of its population.
Covax is a global initiative that ensures rapid and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for all countries regardless of their income level.
The Department of Health (DOH) said “previously, this entire 20% was to be provided to us for free, but based on latest developments, only 15% will be free; the remaining 5% will be paid for by the country.”
In a statement the DOH assured the public the budget for the 5% has been secured. “Hence, even with these changes in financing, rest assured that there will be no delays in delivery of the vaccines. We remain on the right direction and vaccines are arriving,” it added.