Earlier, Zubiri highlighted how several multi-stakeholder agreements (MPAs) for the purchase of at least 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been suspended by the National COVID-19 Working Group (NTF), in which Galvez is primarily responsible for implementation. As for AstraZeneca and Moderna, which have forged MPAs for 17 million doses and seven million doses, respectively, with LGUs and the private sector, they are no longer accepting new vaccine orders under the tripartite agreement. Galvez said the president`s order was to speed up the process of importing vaccines by the private sector. Provided that RA 11525 requires the establishment of a National Vaccine Compensation Fund of 500 million Philippine pesos to compensate all persons at risk of undergoing AEFI through the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and given the limited supply of vaccines that require strict adherence to vaccination with the approved prioritization framework, it is entirely appropriate for the national government to be involved in vaccine procurement transactions. of the private sector. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque clarified the clarification after lawmakers questioned an alleged draft administrative order banning private companies from importing Covid-19 vaccines for their employees, and even calling the document « illegal. » According to the AO`s alleged draft, the Ministry of Health and the National Covid-19 Working Group (NTF) will review vaccine purchase requests submitted by private companies « to ensure that private entities that will be part of the agreement will not interact in any way with the tobacco industry, products covered by the 1986 EO 51 series or the National Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Supplementation with breast milk and other related products or other products contrary to public health. He also said the president wants funding for efforts to give the Philippines the capacity to make its own vaccines. It would also not require companies to donate vaccines to the government, although this is encouraged, he said. « The provinces` complaint is that there is no vaccine justice. Despite the serious infection here in the NCR (National Capital Region), we hope that we will also focus on other areas where the situation is deteriorating and where small provincial hospitals are almost unable to respond – Tuguegarao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga City, Laoag, etc., » Marcos said. We do our best. We are not a vaccine-producing country.
We have no expertise, we have no knowledge, no medical-scientific knowledge. So we wait, » he said. « LgU`s hands are tied because they are forbidden and prevented from making their own supply choices. We can only buy through the tripartite agreement, but our order does not remain signed, » Remulla said. Under RA 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 recently passed by the Senate and House of Commons, private companies and local government entities are allowed to procure COVID-19 vaccines that have received an Emergency Use Authorization (AAU) from the Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the DOH and NTF through a tripartite agreement. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, Aug. 17) — A Senate leader is calling for an investigation into the national government`s inaction on tripartite agreements for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. He also said COVID-19 vaccines would also be exempt from taxes and duties, so they would easily go through customs. Galvez said there could be a « slight delay » in the delivery of the country`s Order of Novavax vaccines, which was expected in the third or fourth quarter, but added that the Serum Institute of India is required to deliver them on time. Galvez also said that the Russian Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleya had promised only 100,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, even though the Philippines had ordered 3 million. However, he said some of these supply agreements are multi-party agreements (MPAs) involving private « intermediaries » with vaccine manufacturers. Among the shipments that would be delayed are the 979,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX global supply pool, originally scheduled for March.
Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri on Tuesday tabled the resolution for the Senate Committee on the Immunization Program to investigate concerns among local government units and the private sector about purchasing vaccines. Meanwhile, Roque said he would clarify with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. the alleged condition that allows private companies to purchase Covid-19 vaccines under a tripartite agreement only if 50 percent of the shipment is given to the government. Referring to concerns that this delay could affect the delivery of the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccines to health workers in the country, he said WHO and COVAX had committed to delivering AstraZeneca vaccines in April. VACCINATION DAY In the city of San Juan, seniors, health workers and sick adults will gather Tuesday at the San Juan Arena to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. .