A NEW management structure for the coronavirus vaccination program has been formalized with the appointed “vaccine czar,” Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr., as head.
Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque announced Friday that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has issued Resolution No. 83 creating the COVID-19 Vaccine Cluster.
"As a result of this restructuring, the COVID-19 Immunization Program Management Organizational Structure, which was approved under IATF Resolution No. 82 last October 26, 2020 was abolished," he said.
The Department of Health was originally designated to lead the vaccination task force.
Mr. Galvez, who has been functioning as chief implementer of the national task force program on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), was appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as vaccine czar earlier this week.
His new responsibilities include overseeing the procurement, storage, and distribution of COVD-19 vaccines. — Gillian M. Cortez