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Philippines Seeks 50M of COVID-19 Vaccine Shots in 2021

The Philippines aims to have at least 50 million coronavirus vaccine shots in 2021 to vaccinate about a fourth of the population.

The vaccine could be available to the Southeast Asian nation between May through July, said Carlito Galvez, Vaccine Czar, and Chief Implementer of Policies to contain the outbreak.

According to Galvez, the Philippines plans to secure the vaccine through multilateral and bilateral talks, aside from using what’s available under the WHO-backed COVAX facility, which guarantees the country will get vaccines for 20% of its population.

The government is evaluating 17 vaccines in various stages and in talks to source the supply to initially vaccinate 25 million people, he added.

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