The Department of Health said there is no favoritism in the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, denying allegations that Davao City received the lion’s share of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses delivered to the Philippines.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the national government allocates jabs based on the needs of an area and the prioritization framework.
Health Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama Jr., who leads the field implementation and coordination team in Visayas and Mindanao, said Cebu and Davao each received 210,000 Pfizer vaccine doses.
Dumama said, “This is not for Davao City only. This is also for the Davao region and nearby areas that need Pfizer vaccines.”
He added, “They were given that allocation because they have the capability. We have ultra-low temperature freezers here… There is no favoritism here.”
Pfizer vaccines need to be stored at around minus 70 to 80 degrees Celsius.