Philippines’ vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr announced that there will be a worldwide shortage in syringes for Covid-19 vaccines.
MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) should start looking for alternatives in supplying their own for their vaccination drives, he said Friday.
“We supply the vaccine doses, while the LGUs are the ones responsible for the administration. They should devise creative ways on how to produce the syringes, cotton, and alcohol [needed in the inoculations],” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned that there could be massive shortage of up to 2 billion syringes next year.
Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, however, said the agency had already anticipated the shortage as early as May.
As an alternative, Vergeire said syringes used for testing tuberculosis had been used in the country’s vaccination drives since June. (HMP/Headline PH)