Covid-19: Philippines to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

A lot more nations in traveling restriction checklist in the middle of Omicron scare

The Philippines will certainly acquire an extra 20 million dosages of the Covid-19 injection established by Pfizer Inc as well as BioNTech SE, looking for to completely inoculate greater than 80% of its populace by mid-2022, a federal government authorities stated on Sunday.

Vaccination hesitancy stays an obstacle for the Southeast Oriental nation, which has actually seen among the most awful COVID-19 episodes in the area as well as is currently on sharp for the brand-new Omicron variation of the coronavirus.

A bargain has actually been authorized with Pfizer, bringing the federal government’s overall acquisitions of the Pfizer-BioNTech injection to 60 million dosages, stated Carlito Galvez Jr, that supervises of the federal government’s injection purchase.

The added dosages will certainly be made use of as booster dose as well as for paediatric inoculations, Galvez stated at a digital media instruction a day prior to the begin of a downscaled three-day nationwide vaccination drive.

BioNTech stated on Friday it anticipates much more information on Omicron within 2 weeks to aid establish whether its injection generated with Pfizer would certainly need to be remodelled.

Galvez stated the nation has actually gotten regarding 142 million dosages of injections through acquisitions as well as contributions, as well as has thus far completely inoculated greater than 35 million people, or regarding 46% of the targeted populace.

The objective is to boost the variety of immunized Filipinos to 54 million by year-end, or 70% of the targeted populace, 77 million by the end of March 2022, as well as 90 million, or 82% of the populace, by end-June, he stated.

To maintain the Omicron variation out, the Philippines has actually put on hold incoming trips from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini as well as Mozambique till Dec. 15.

On Sunday, the federal government broadened the limitation to consist of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium as well as Italy.

It additionally put on hold a procedure permitting entrance of travelers from some nations, which was expected to be carried out on a test basis from Dec. 1.

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