President Roa Duterte (MNS photo))

MANILA, May 20 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the inoculation of donated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on indigent population, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Thursday.

Roque said such order is in accordance with the conditions set by the global aid effort COVAX facility which donated the 193,050 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines delivered to the Philippines.

“Ipinag-utos ni Presidente na ibigay ang Pfizer sa mahihirap at indigent population (The President wants the Pfizer vaccines be given to the poor and indigents). Under COVAX guidelines, it is A1, A2, A3 and A5,” Roque said.

Under the government’s vaccination program, A1 are health workers, A2 are senior citizens, A3 are people with comorbidities, while A5 are the poor and the indigents.

A4 are essential workers or those who are required to physically report to work despite the prevailing quarantine restrictions.

“Iyong Pfizer, hindi po ‘yan ilalagay sa mall. Ilalagay ‘yan sa barangays na mababa ang uptake ng vaccine,” Roque pointed out.

(Pfizer will not be deployed in vaccination centers in malls. It will be deployed in barangays with low vaccine uptake.)

“On A4, we will use the ones (vaccines) paid for by the government,” Roque added.

Based on the evaluation of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pfizer-BioNTech has an efficacy rate of 95% on study population and 92% across all races.(MNS)

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