Articles worth reading

DOH reports 239 Covid-related deaths on Feb. 20

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported 504 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Saturday, bringing to 513,120 the total number of recoveries in the country, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. The DOH, in ...

BPOs assess skills of 40,000 repatriated OFWs 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

An official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has reported that the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry continues its hiring process for displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are now in the country, according to a...

Metro News

National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (2nd from right) and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (2nd from left) visit Unilab Pharma Campus's facility in Bi%uFFFDan, Laguna on Wednesday (Jan. 20, 2021) / PNA

Gov't inspects cold storage facilities

account_balanceMetro News account_circleNoah James chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Government officials began the inspection of the cold storage facilities of a pharmaceutical firm in Biñan, Laguna on Wednesday morning in preparation for the arrival of coronavirus vaccines in the country next month, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

Chief implementer of the National Policy Against Covid-19 and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and other National Task Force Against Covid-19 officials visited Unilab Pharma Campus' facility, checking its readiness to keep and distribute the vaccines.

As the country prepares for the arrival of vaccines, which need to be stored at low temperatures, the government has asked groups with cold storage facilities to be ready to help.


During the event, Unilab, Inc. senior vice president for social partnerships Jose Maria Ochave said the company is helping out the government but does not have any plan to expand its warehouse to accommodate the vaccines.

"We're doing this with the government because this is really a service that we're doing for the government. We'll help them because our interest really is to get the public back on its feet. That's where our business is, to get the country back on its feet," Ochave said. "Kasi itong warehouse na ito ay hindi business ng Unilab (Because this warehouse is not the business of Unilab). This is for our own products. We don't do it for other third parties."

In his speech, Unilab, Inc. Director Albert Allan Alcruz said the firm's cold storage facility could accommodate five million doses of Covid-19 vaccines at any one time while consistently maintaining the temperature at 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius.

However, the total number of doses that can be accommodated in a month will depend on the length of time the vaccines need to be stored in the facility before being transferred to vaccination sites.

"Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can consistently maintain the right temperature of sensitive products, such as vaccines, at all times, even in the event of a power outage," Alcruz said.

Galvez noted that because Unilab's cold storage facility maintains its temperature at 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius, it could store Novavax, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines.

"Pfizer and Moderna will be placed in an ultra cold storage, probably RITM (the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) and Zuellig," he added.

In the same briefing, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the ocular inspection is part of the end-to-end supply system – the arrival of the products from the manufacturing companies, the entry of products into designated storage facilities, preparation for distribution, delivery logistics, and delivery to vaccination sites.

"We need to see with our two eyes and our technical people that the standards are maintained all throughout," Duque said.

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP)

SBP remains supportive of Kai Sotto 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has reassured its full support to wunderkind Kai Sotto despite the problem that he encountered with G League Ignite, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. "The Samahang Basketbol ng Pili...

PH climbs 10 spots in internet speed ranking

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The Philippines climbed 10 spots to 86th in the global mobile internet speed rankings in January this year, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said in a report by GMA News.. Citing a report from internet access perfor...

Most policemen want Covid vaccines

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode4 days ago

About 70.14 percent of the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel have expressed willingness to get inoculated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, a police official said in a report by Philippine News Agency. "I would like...

The struggles in 2020 of the casino industry in the Philippines

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode5 months ago

Do you want to learn more about the challenges and predictions for the gambling industry in the Philippines? Find all answers in this article!

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature