Isko Moreno inspects Manila Prince Hotel as COVID-19 vaccination expands

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The Manila Prince Hotel in Ermita is set to become the city’s 19th COVID-19 vaccination site as it expands the inoculation program for residents.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno inspected the hotel on Friday, May 14 with Manila Health Department (MHD) chief Dr. Arnold Pangan, City Engineer Armand Andres, City Architect Pepito D. Balmores, and the hotel’s liaison officer Marvin Kim Tan.

Moreno said the city government continues to open more vaccination venues so the COVID-19 vaccines can be administered immediately.

“Once you have vaccines, you have to deploy them fast. Vaccination should be faster than infection,” he said. ‘Yan talaga ang policy namin sa simula pa lang. Hindi na talaga namin pinapatagal sa storage.”

So far, the vaccines allocated to Manila by the national government are those from the COVAX facility (AstraZeneca and Pfizer), the Chinese government (Sinovac), and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute (Sputnik V). The city is also waiting for the 800,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.