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No one was injured in the fire incident.
Not less than 100,000 doses of anti-Covid vaccines were destroyed in a fire that razed a Zamboanga del Sur government facility Sunday evening, Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesman Harry Roque confirmed Tuesday, Nov. 2.
“Kinokompirma ko po na hindi bababa sa 100,000 doses ang naapektuhan. Pero wala pa pong exact numero dahil ini imbestigahan pa po,” said Roque.
He then assured the people on the replacement of the damaged vaccines: “Mabilis naman po nating papalitan ‘yan at dahil hindi naman po problema ang supply. Hindi po talaga natin ninais na magkaroon ng ganyang sunog.”
In late October, Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez shared that the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered in the Philippines has reached 100 million.
The destroyed vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Sinovac. Routine vaccines for hepatitis, measles, polio, among others, were also charred by the fire that reportedly began at the ground floor maintenance hall.