Sun. Mar 7th, 2021
(Photo courtesy: Quezon City government)

The Quezon City government has signed a deal with United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca for the supply of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-12), making it the first city in the government to close a deal for vaccines.

The deal was forged through tripartite agreement signed by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, AstraZeneca and the National Task Force against Covid-19, according to post in the official Facebook page of the Quezon City government on Tuesday night.

“We are ready to purchase. After implementing our test, isolate, and treat strategy, vaccination is our game plan now. This free vaccination program will definitely complete our efforts against this deadly virus,” Belmonte said in a statement.

The Quezon City government earlier announced that it had allocated P1 billion of its own funds for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines and was in talks with a “reputable multinational pharmaceutical company” for 750,000 doses.

The city government will prioritize 10,000 health workers, 300,000 senior citizens, 20,000 adult persons with disabilities, and other priority sectors as recommended by the World Health Organization.

AstraZeneca was earlier tapped by a private sector initiative to supply 2.6 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccines of which half would be donated for the government’s own vaccination program against the virus.

AstraZeneca’s vaccine has already been approved for us in the UK. SOVEREIGNPH

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