Philippines approved the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of three vaccines included in the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) procedure of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Among these vaccines include Pfizer & BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Janssen which have also been recently approved for EUA in the U.K. and U.S.
Cities and provinces around the country have secured a budget to receive the vaccines intended for priority groups, Local Government Units (LGUs) and companies.
Among the priority groups include the health workers and soldiers wherein cost of vaccination is shouldered by the government.
Philippine vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said that Pfizer vaccines will arrive in the 3rd quarter of 2021 and while waiting, the Department of the Health (DOH) together with the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA) conducted a joint meeting on the role of pharmacists in the vaccination program.
Pasig, which is one of the country’s major cities occupied by BPO companies is the first to have an approved vaccine plan by WHO.
Top BPO companies Alorica and Concentrix also procured AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Private sectors have also secured doses from the local government unit.
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