Tracking the vaccine roll-out

Screengrab from news.ABS-CBN.com.

CHEERS TO News.ABS-CBN.com for creating an interactive vaccine tracker embedded in its reports on the vaccine roll-out.

On March 23, the online news site launched its vaccine tracker based on data sourced from the Department of Health and the IATF-MEID, and compiled by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group. The tracker showed the supply of vaccines arriving in the country, the volume per brand, and the status of their distribution in the regions. The total number of doses that have arrived in the country was further broken down by brand and by mode of acquisition–donated, through COVAX facility, or procured.

The latest update on March 24 showed that only two brands have arrived in the country, neither of them procured by the government. The country has received one million donated doses of Sinovac and 525,600 doses of Astrazeneca from COVAX.

The tracker also provided an interactive map to present the number of doses received per region, further broken down into the number of doses administered and  remaining. As of the last update on March 23, the percentage of doses administered for NCR, the national hotspot, was only at 59.41 percent.

The tracker is dependent on information that is released by DOH. If information is available, it will give the entire picture of coverage at one glance, enabling all concerned to see for themselves the pace of the roll out and  vaccine coverage. People can clearly assess how well government is achieving its own stated objectives. It will help map vaccine coverage and identify those that have fallen out, assessing whether the country can achieve herd immunity—but only if information is made available. DOH was supposed to launch a tracker last March 17. News.ABS-CBN.com understood its importance and provided a tracker on its own.  So far, however, DOH has not released bulletins or daily data drops on the roll-out. Without enough information, the ABS-CBN tracker serves as a grim reminder of yet another government failure.