The delay in the delivery and shortage Covid-19 vaccines are global concerns.
The Philippines and its Asian neighbors face the same problems that are affecting their inoculation programs. This, after India temporarily stopped exporting the AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, as it chose to prioritize its citizens due to increasing infections.
The Philippines currently relies on the China-made Sinovac jabs, with the recent delivery of one million doses being distributed nationwide.
The Philippines also expects its first batch of Sputnik V vaccines this month.
Despite the challenges, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. assured all Filipinos can avail of the coronavirus jabs.
Galvez said the Task Group on Diplomatic Engagement and Negotiation showed the Philippines is 48th among 141 countries in terms of administering the Covid-19 vaccine as of March 30.