METRO MANILA, Philippines — The team of health experts from Israel inspected on Wednesday, June 23, some of the country’s cold chain storage facilities and vaccination sites as part of the delegation’s one-week visit that aims to assist the Philippine government in improving its COVID-19 response, mitigation and vaccination strategies.
The three-member delegation met with Pharmaserv Express Inc. President Andrian Perez, Executive Officer Ana Teresa Isada, Chief Operations Officer Belen Quiambao, and Senior Vice President Jovic Pellosis.
The team was also given a tour of the company’s cold storage facility. Pharmaserve has been tapped by the Phillipine government as one of its third-party providers which transports anti-COVID vaccines from the airport to cold chain facilities and vaccination sites nationwide.
The Israeli health experts also met with Zuellig Pharma Chief Business Officer Janet Jakosalem, and visited a vaccination site located at the Solaire Theatre in Parañaque City.
The Solaire vaccination hub has the capacity to vaccinate at least 6,000 individuals daily. It will cater mostly to economic frontliners or those belonging to the A4 priority group.
Since Monday this week, the Israeli delegation — composed of Avi Ben Zaken, Deputy director general of the Ichilov Medical Center; Dafna Segol, consultant of Healthcare Policy and Innovation; and Adam Segal, logistics and operations manager of Salomon Levid & Elstein Ltd. — had been meeting with COVID-19 task force officials, as well as members of the medical community and private sector to share their country’s best practices in containing the virus and implementing their vaccine program.
“Israel has shown that the battle against COVID-19 can only be won through a collective effort. We can succeed if nations help each other and work together. This is the power of unity and cooperation,” NTF COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said in an earlier meeting with the Israeli delegation.
Members of the Israeli delegation highlighted their country’s aggressive testing efforts, heightened border control policies, and systemic data gathering.
Due to the effective implementation of Israel’s vaccine program, 57% of the country’s 9.2 million population have already been fully vaccinated. In April this year, the country lifted its mask wearing policy.