Not just Sinovac: Joey Salceda says Albay capable of storing Pfizer, Moderna jabs

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By Billy Begas

House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson Joey Salceda said the second district of Albay is capable of storing Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines enough to vaccinate 75% of its population to achieve herd immunity.

Salceda said the readiness for cold storage will be crucial with the anticipated arrival of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and “the ability of LGUs to store them and jab them will really determine whether an LGU will gain allocations.”

“We are pleased to inform the President (Rodrigo Duterte) and the NTF (National Task Force) that the district is capable of storing and administering about 190,200 doses of Pfizer or 312,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The district is fully capable of handling enough vaccines for herd immunity,” Salceda added.

Salceda said the cold storage facilities in his district are located in Legazpi City, Daraga, and Camalig. Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines need ultra low temperature during storage.

The country has secured 40 million doses of Pfizer vaccines and 20 million doses of Moderna vaccines. Around 13.3 million Pfizer vaccines are expected to arrive this month.

“Given the district’s enhanced capability to store and administer COVID-19 vaccines, we request to be considered for allocation of upcoming deliveries,” he said.

Salceda also thanked the government’s interventions to keep Albay’s fatality rate and case surge low.

“With the full support of the President and the National Government Agencies and the NTF, we were able to lower case fatality rates from 2.52% for cases from March 27, 2020, to June 5, 2021 to 0.54% from June 6-30, 2021. This is proof that with adequate local and national cooperation and convergence, COVID-19 and its impacts on the lives of the people can be significantly mitigated.” Salceda pointed out.