Economic hubs next in line for Covid-19 Vaccines in Philippines
【NIA Global News】／edited by Amy Hsieh
According to INQUIRER.NET, the government will deploy COVID-19 vaccines to areas hosting economic hubs, amid surges of coronavirus infections in key cities, vaccine program chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said on March 5.
At the vaccine rollout at Ayala Group’s QualiMed Hospital in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Galvez noted increases in cases in Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), and Central Visayas.
More vaccines will be deployed to areas where there is a high traffic of workers reporting for work, Galvez said.
As for the local lockdowns, INQUIRER.NET,mentions, Galvez said the government would deal with the surge by imposing local lockdowns, as the economy could no longer endure another massive restriction on movement.
"We cannot anymore sustain a prolonged, general lockdown, which, as we had seen, contracted the economy. The way forward is to invest more on the minimum health standards,” he said.
The National Task Force Against COVID-19 headed by Galvez delivered 300 doses of the China-made CoronaVac and 150 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to health workers at QualiMed, the third private hospital to receive coronavirus shots from the newly arrived supplies from the global procurement pool COVAX.