Mayor Evelio Leonardia is set to sign a confidentiality agreement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Philippines) as part of the process in the purchase of vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The development was disclosed by Leonardia in a statement released just before midnight on Wednesday after he obtained an authority to sign from the City Council.
The mayor will enter into a non-disclosure agreement on the proposed business arrangements for the availability and distribution of the vaccine as well in a multilateral agreement between and among AstraZeneca, the national government through the National Task Force Against Covid-19, the Department of Health, and the City Government of Bacolod.
“The authority is a major step towards eventually availing of the vaccine for the people of Bacolod. We have to get the vaccines as soon as possible, and even if we just start with AstraZeneca, we can now say that the process for getting it is rolling,” he added.
The mayor, however, did not mention the amount allocated by the city government for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.
He was authorized by the City Council headed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran to conduct business with the British-Swedish multinational firm after the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), which Leonardia heads as national president, met with top officials of AstraZeneca in virtual talks on Tuesday.
He added that the LCP will also hold exploratory talks with as many other pharmaceutical companies regarding the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.The LCP officials and its Committee on Vaccine Availment will also hold a virtual meeting with vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, also the chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, and officials of the Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 12 to discuss and synchronize the ongoing efforts of the national government with those of the cities for the vaccine procurement. SOVEREIGNPH