VERA FILES FACT SHEET: What it takes to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines

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It has been 23 years since the Department of Health conducted its largest inoculation drive involving 22.9 million Filipinos aged 9 to 14 for the measles-rubella supplemental immunization activity, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire.

In 2021, the health department along with the Vaccine Cluster of the National Task Force against COVID-19 will carry out a herculean task, bringing 148 million vaccine doses to 50 million to 70 million adult Filipinos at over 4,000 vaccination sites nationwide.

VERA Files Fact Check takes a deep dive into the different aspects of the Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccination program.

Find out what it will take for the government to adequately deliver and distribute the vaccines to Filipinos in the first episode of this video series:


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(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)

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