Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

More private companies are securing orders for vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said on Sunday.

Under the “A Dose Hope” initiative, which will be backed by AstraZeneca, Concepcion said Ayala Corporation had confirmed an order of 400,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines; Palawan Pawnshop, 100,000 doses, Okada Manila, 40,000 doses; Uratex Philippines, 21,000 doses; Century Pacific Food, 20,000 doses; Unioil Petroleum Philippines, Inc., 20,000 doses; Golden Arches Development Corporation, 15,000 doses; and Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, 10,000 doses, among other firms.

A total of 200 companies have enlisted under the initiative.

“When they told me that, the number of calls and inquiries from the private sector [was] increasing. Although we expected it somehow, we were happy that more and more private sector partners are now taking their part in this initiative – ending the war against Covid-19,” Concepcion said in a statement.

“This only means that the business community is very serious in ensuring that our economy will remain open while slowly ending this war,” he added.

The private sector has already firmed up the purchase of 2.6 million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine that would be delivered to the Philippines in the second quarter of next year. SOVEREIGNPH

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