More than 50,000 Manila residents have registered and reserved their slots to be inoculated with the vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of Tuesday.
Also, the Manila City government has set aside P250 million to acquire Covid-19 vaccines.
“I have registered already. Awaiting my slot for vaccination,” Helen Cea Cabrera said in her post on the social media page of the Manila Public Information Office.
Manila residents are thankful and hopeful at the same time that the Covid-19 vaccine for them would arrive soon.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, in an television interview on Monday, said the city government communicated with drug makers Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
Domagoso clarified that Pfizer and AstraZeneca are two of the most trusted pharmaceutical companies now and believes that the two firms are transparent.
“They have their EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) from the US and British government. Because of the EO (Executive Order) 121, taking the cue from the national government. As of now, the City of Manila wanted to acquire 400,000 doses,” Domagoso said.
Executive Order 121 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to issue EUA for Covid-19 treatment drugs and vaccines that are still under development.
Domagoso said city of Manila has a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
He said the city has allotted some P250 million for Covid vaccines that may still be increased to P1 billion if needed. SOVEREIGNPH