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Refs, freezers enough: Abby Binay explains why Makati doesn’t have COVID-19 vaccine storage facility

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Makati won’t be building a cold storage facility for COVID-19 vaccines.

In her February 22 column for Pilipino Star Ngayon, Makati Mayor Abby Binay said the city has no need for a cold storage facility because it has a “drawdown arrangement” with AstraZeneca and Pfizer, which will supply the vaccines.

“Ibig sabihin nito, sa bawat araw ng pagbabakuna, bibigyan kami ng saktong bilang ng bakuna para lamang sa isang araw. Mayroon nang kanya-kanyang storage facility ang mga kompanyang ito dito mismo sa Metro Manila, kaya madali na lang ang pagkuha ng suplay ng bakuna mula sa mga ito,” she explained.

The mayor said the city government has bought 42 biomedical refrigerators at laboratory freezers for the vaccine depots where supplies will be stored.

Binay said she also agreed with the advice of vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. that local governments should focus more on human resources for the vaccine rollout.

“Kung hindi naman kailangan, hindi na dapat pagkagastusan,” she said.