AT least 13 million Filipinos will receive coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines to be purchased by the private sector and the local government units (LGUs), a Palace official said on Tuesday, as the country eyed launching its inoculation drive against the respiratory disease in February.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles said the national government has allocated P75 billion for the purchase of coronavirus vaccines for 57 million people in the country.
He said another 13 million Filipinos “will be covered by various LGUs and private sector vaccination efforts,” bringing the total beneficiaries to 70 million.
“A total of 70 million Filipinos should be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccines,” Nograles said during a virtual press briefing.
“The planned rollout of vaccines is good news that impacts not only the health of our people but also the economic well-being of our country,” he added.
Nograles said President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet wanted to ensure the country has “enough funds” to cover the needs for the vaccines to protect Filipinos from the coronavirus.
“We are confident to be able to cover that many Filipinos and that’s enough for herd immunity,” the Palace official said.
The government has so far secured supplies of 30 million doses of Covovax vaccines and 25 million Sinovac vaccine doses.
Additional vaccines from AstraZeneca have also been obtained by the national government, local government units, and private companies.