The government is eyeing stocks of the vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) enough for 60 million Filipinos next year, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the National Policy against Covid–19 chief implementer, said in a Palace briefing on Monday night.
He said that negotiations with international pharmaceutical companies are ongoing, namely: Sinovac Biotech of China, AstraZeneca of the United Kingdom, and Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson of the United States.
The government estimates that based on an average price of $25 or P1,200 per dose, the government will have to shell out at least P73.2 billion to purchase the Covid-19 vaccines for around 60 million Filipinos.
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said “herd immunity” will be achieved if the 60 to 70 percent of the country’s population will be vaccinated for Covid-19.
Among the drug companies that have announced good results in their trials for the Covid-19 vaccine are Pfizer and Moderna of the US, and AstraZeneca, claiming around 95-percent effectiveness. SOVEREIGNPH