DOH-NTF-FDA remind LGUs of vaccine procurement protocol

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH), the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding local government units (LGUs) of the COVID-19 procurement protocol imposed by the national government.

"[The DOH-NTF-FDA] appreciate the COVID-19 vaccine initiatives of the local government units. However, as mentioned by the Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, LGUs cannot procure and roll out COVID-19 vaccines on their own," the inter-agency said in a statement.

"This must be coordinated with the national government, through the NTF and the DOH in a tripartite agreement involving local governments and pharmaceutical companies," the group added.

"This is meant to align  the efforts of LGUs with the vaccine initiative of the National Government which integrates and consolidates all resources and initiatives," they further said.

The FDA also clarifies that the end-user agreement issued by the Philippine FDA "does not cover the commercial use of the vaccines."

"This means that manufacturers cannot sell directly to the LGUs nor to any entity, unless they are under the vaccine initiative of the national government," the FDA said.

Further, the DOH said it recognizes the equity issues raised on the distribution of the vaccine. We assure the public that the national government adheres to the principle of equity where delivery of services are biased towards the vulnerable and the disadvantaged. (PIA NCR)


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