The government needs to scale up the monthly deliveries of up to 25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to meet the demand for the country’s inoculation program.
National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are working overtime to deliver more to local government units.
“In order to meet the monthly demand and increasing capacities of all regions and provinces, the Philippines need to deliver 25 million doses monthly,” Galvez said during the Cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday night.
To date, the Philippines received 31,360,700 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
“Our Philippine negotiating team, led by the Department of Finance, and also our diplomatic team headed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, is now doing our best to get more vaccines through our negotiation and also diplomatic relations with other countries,” he said. “We are expecting to meet the demand over the supply in October.”
The government is likewise waiting for another 132 million doses, both bought and donated, within the next six months.
Galvez urged LGUs to maximize the available supply for the vaccination of the most vulnerable sectors such as healthcare workers, senior citizens, and adults with co-morbidities to achieve “population protection.”
So far, the Philippines has recorded 18,174,405 vaccine doses administered – 11.3 million first dose and over 6.8 million second doses.
The nation’s overall tally of Covid patients who survived the disease reached 1,488,437 as 4,069 new recoveries were recorded yesterday.
The Department of Health said the figure is equivalent to a 94.7-percent recovery rate from a total of 1,572,287 infections since the start of the pandemic last year.
The DOH also tallied 5,735 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 56,273, or 3.6 percent of all cases.
Of the active cases, 93.5 percent are mild, 1.2 percent are asymptomatic, 2.3 percent are severe, 1.61 percent are moderate, and 1.4 percent are in critical condition.
Also logged were 176 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 27,577, or 1.75 percent of the total cases.
The DOH said 114 duplicates were removed from the total case count as 32 of those were actually recoveries.
Meanwhile, 132 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
DOH data on July 27 showed that about 16.2 percent of 49,392 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.
To date, 59 percent of 3,600 intensive care unit beds, 49 percent of 19,400 isolation beds, 45 percent of 12,400 ward beds, and 38 percent of 2,800 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use nationwide.*PNA