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The Philippine government will execute on Friday an agreement with United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca for the initial supply of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the government’s Covid-19 vaccine czar, said in a televised Palace press briefing on Thursday AstraZeneca will supply 2 million doses of its vaccines under a tripartite deal that will also involve private sector.

“The private companies that are the donors will be part of this,” he said in Filipino.

Although the price of the vaccine purchase from AstraZeneca was not disclosed, the drug firm said it is offering its vaccine at $2.50 per dose as it adopted a “no-profit” pledge in developing the vaccine with Oxford University.

Aside from AstraZeneca, the government is considering to purchase Covid-19 vaccines from SinoVac Biotech of China and Pfizer of the United States.

Galvez said earlier the government will purchase Covid-19 vaccines enough to inoculate up to 60 million Filipinos. SOVEREIGNPH

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