MANILA — Taskforce T3 (Test, Trace, Treat), a private sector coalition, vows to strengthen its collaboration with the national Government as the arrival of the first batch of vaccines is fast approaching. The landing of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX global vaccine facility will prompt the Government’s rollout of the vaccination program. T3 backs a speedy pace of the Government’s drive.
- COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and others.
“The private sector eagerly anticipates the arrival of the first batch of vaccines from the COVAX facility in order for the country to jumpstart its vaccination program. The collective goal for both the private sector and government is to vaccinate as many people as possible at the soonest possible time,” Guillermo Luz, chief resilience officer of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, says in a statement.
Luz recognizes that these initial vaccine doses were earmarked for priority sectors: health care professionals and senior citizens.
“Our medical frontliners have been tirelessly protecting and treating Filipinos from the beginning of the pandemic and we support the Government’s prioritization of health care workers in receiving the initial vaccine doses,” Paolo Borromeo, CEO of AC Health, says.
Taskforce T3’s technical support on vaccine administration and cold-chain logistics for the transit of temperature-controlled vaccine vials are in place.
With the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19, Taskforce T3 provides vaccine education campaign to inform citizens about vaccine safety and efficacy.
Taskforce T3 has also procured and donated vaccine doses to the national Government for its economic and essential frontliners. The procurement intends to augment the vaccine supply of the national Government and the vaccines secured from the COVAX facility.
“A successful vaccination rollout is crucial to our country’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and support our ultimate goal to protect lives and provide livelihood. The private sector is unwavering in its commitment to assist the national Government by providing resources and expertise to ensure the success of its vaccination program,” says Joey Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo and presidential adviser for entrepreneurship.
Taskforce T3 was formed in April 2020 to work closely with the NTF to manage the outbreak of the pandemic.
It launched “Ingat Angat Tayong Lahat” campaign to build consumer confidence and encourage Filipinos to help rebuild the economy and protect jobs, as long as strict safety guidelines and protocols are followed. (JSM/JuanManila)
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