President Rodrigo Duterte said during his talk to people aired September 11 that there is still a shortage in the supply of vaccines. “Were it not for the good, well, ano ng Amerikano pati ang China, who contributed the largest portion of our donated vaccines, mahirapan tayo,” he said.
“May pera tayo. Sabi nga ni Secretary Dominguez, we have the money ready. The fact is we have placed the orders but kulang talaga worldwide until now so nag-aagawan pa rin,” the President said.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that “to achieve our goal of vaccinating the 100 million residents of the Philippines by the end of the year, between now and the end of the year, we need a delivery of around 9 million doses a week.”
“Unfortunately, for the first week of September, we only received about three and a half million. So we have to catch up for the coming weeks. So again, we want to tell our citizens that as soon as the vaccines arrive, they are actually deployed and people are inoculated. But again, the pharmaceutical companies have had some difficulty in making the deliveries, Mr. President,” Dominguez said.