Here is the Philippines’ Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan

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The Department of Health and the National Taskforce on Covid-19 announced the Philippine National Vaccine Roadmap detailing the supply chain plan for vaccine distribution in the country.

Given the stringent cold chain requirements to move and store vaccines across locations, a unified strategy from the public and private sectors is required to ensure safety and efficiency as vaccines move through the supply chain.

So, how is the Philippines preparing for vaccine distribution? The country has seven key stages of implementation once vaccines become available.

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Stage 1: Scientific evaluation and selection

This first stage is considered the most critical phase among action stages because vaccination success is tied up to the effectiveness of the selected vaccine.

Agency involved: DOST, DOH, and the Vaccine Expert Panel

Stage 2: Access and acquisition

Also called a “guarantee of access” stage. The government guarantees access to the vaccines.

Agency involved: DFA and DOF

Stage 3: Procurement process

The procurement of vaccines will ensure that cost is optimized and the time it takes to acquire is efficient.

Agency involved: Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management and DOF under the supervision of the TaskGroup Resource Management & Logistics

Stage 4: Production, storage, and shipment

This stage focuses on the organized and safe production, shipment, and storage of vaccines which will guarantee the safe handling of the vaccines.

Agency involved: Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management and DOF under the supervision of the TaskGroup Resource Management & Logistics

Stage 5: Distribution and deployment

A coordinated mechanism across stakeholders is critical to distribute and deploy vaccines at maximum efficiency. Authorities have distribution strategies allowing transparency and logistics efficiency.

Agency involved: Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management and the TaskGroup Resource Management & Logistics

Stage 6: National implementation of vaccination plan

This is when vaccination begins. According to The Diplomat report, around 60 to 70 million Filipinos will be inoculated within three to five years.

Agency involved: DOH, national and local government agencies, and the local government units.

Stage 7: Assessment, evaluation, and monitoring

To deploy covid-19 vaccines fast across diverse populations, pharmacovigilance and active surveillance systems are in place to assess, evaluate, and monitor the effectiveness of vaccines to the public.

Agency involved: DOH, DOST, and the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health.

Supply chain management is critical to vaccine efficiency and effectiveness

Supply chain management along with medical expertise plays a significant role in distributing vaccines. Delivering these massive doses of vaccines fast and efficiently across the world requires a robust supply chain management and logistics infrastructure.

With far below zero temperature storage requirements, the cold chain logistics industry is facing a crucial task to take these vaccines from manufacturers’ production facilities to the remotest part of the world.

Bloomberg reported that the “logistics industry faces a mammoth task to safely deliver billions of vaccine doses.”

Tackling vaccine logistics complexities needs a coordinated supply chain approach from the public and private sectors to distribute vaccines at maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

So far, several vaccine manufacturers are set to conduct clinical trials in the Philippines, including Sinovac, Hansen, Johnson & Johnson, Gamaleya, AstraZeneca, and CanSino.

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