MANILA, Feb 11 (Mabuhay)– The government on Wednesday was able to deliver dummy COVID-19 vaccines from the airport to an inoculation facility in under three hours, cutting down delivery time from the previous four hours.

“Mula sa four hours and 20 minutes na target time, ay almost three hours po ang ating nakonsumo,” Department of Health (DOH) Director Ariel Valencia said at the Laging Handa briefing.

From the airport, the vaccines were inspected and given clearance by the Bureau of Customs, the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration.

The COVID-19 vaccines were then brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) to be stored in ultra-low freezers of -70 to -80 degrees.

From the RITM, the vaccines were brought to the Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines and Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City.

“Doon sa total time po ng ating simulation, makikita po natin na mas mabilis po kaysa sa ating nilaan na oras,” Valencia said.

Valencia said a simulation exercise was also held in Davao this Wednesday.

“Mula sa airport hanggang sa Southern Philippines Medical Center kung saan doon naman inilagak ang bakuna kontra COVID-19, umabot po sila ng isang oras at 16 minuto,” he said.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the simulation exercise on the delivery of vaccines went faster than expected.

The government allotted 120 minutes for the portion of the simulation that included the transfer of “vaccines” from the airport to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) but Galvez said it was completed in only 50 minutes. (MNS)

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