PH govt, AstraZeneca to sign deal for 20 million doses of Covid vaccine

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The Philippine government and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are set to sign as early as December 28 this year the contract for 20 million doses of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

This was confirmed by National Policy Against Covid-19 chief Implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. during President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent weekly address.

Galvez said they are only waiting for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Health’s regulatory authorization to finalize the contract with the pharmaceutical firm.

“The signing of the contract will be this month, and we will have a total of 60 million doses for the second and third quarter next year,” he added.

AstraZeneca has set its price at only $5, or about P500, for two shots of the vaccine.

The vaccine, known as AZD1222, was co-developed with the Oxford University’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group. Administered by intramuscular injection, the vaccine uses as a vector a modified chimpanzee adenovirus.

Meanwhile, Galvez also assured that the Philippines will receive at least 30 million vaccine doses from the US firm Novavax, which has licensed the largest vaccine manufacturer in India to manufacture its vaccines. CURRENTPH

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