DOH EARMARKS INITIAL P2.4 BILLION FOR PURCHASE OF COVID-19 VACCINE
Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, on Monday, said the agency allocated P2.4 billion for the purchase of vaccine against COVID-19 under its proposed budget for 2021.
Last July 31, President Rodrigo Duterte and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that at least 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, mostly from China, will be available to the Philippines by December this year.
Vergeire said that while the institutions that DOH are working with have indeed offered COVID-19 vaccine for 20 million or 20% of the population, that can still change.
“The vaccine has two doses, that would be 40 million doses. We are still working with DOST, DFA, and DOF [on the amount of vaccine we are purchasing], pero we had set aside money, and this can be augmented once na dumating na ang vaccine at ang cost nito,” Vergeire said.