Philippines indemnity plan now with COVID-19 vaccine maker Pfizer, says WHO

GMA News – Published February 15, 2021 7:18pm

The Philippines’ indemnity plan is now in the hands of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Pfizer, the World Health Organization has said.

According to Lei Alviz’s exclusive report on “24 Oras”, the COVAX Facility is expected to send more than 100,000 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines to the country once the firm signs off on the Philippines indemnification measures.

“We believe that that was the last standing requirement and it should now be reviewed by Pfizer and COVAX and we are hoping for a positive feedback from them,” WHO country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said.

There is still no definite date as regards when the initial 117,000 doses will arrive in the country.

“Hopefully later this week or at the latest next week. I can’t give you a timeline because that depends on the manufacturer,” Abeyasinghe said.

The WHO official said the Philippines had requested 900,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and low dead space syringes.

Low dead space syringes ensure less wastage per vial. It can make five-dose vials yield one more or six doses. -NB, GMA News


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